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January Newsletter

POS Trends to Watch for 2017

Happy New Year from CounterTobacco.org! We like to start the new year with an update on point-of-sale trends to watch for throughout the year. This year, POS tobacco control advocates should be looking out for news and progress regarding:
  • Health Equity in POS Tobacco Control
  • Tobacco Retailer Licensing
  • Flavored Tobacco Restrictions - Including Menthol
  • Tobacco Free Pharmacies
  • "Reduced Risk" Products
  • Tobacco 21
  • Partnerships to Create Healthier Places
Read more about all of these topics in our article on POS Trends to Watch in 2017
Story from the Field
Retailer Licensing in Edgewater, Colorado
In November 2016, the city of Edgewater, Colorado voted unanimously to pass a tobacco retailer licensing law. It is the 7th community to pass a licensing ordinance in the state but the first to include licensing for cigarette sales. In addition, the ordinance prohibits self-service displays for all tobacco products and tobacco product paraphernalia, including electronic smoking devices (ESDs), establishes a standard penalty system for violations, and more. We talked with Tracy Doyle, Policy Specialist with the Tobacco Prevention Initiative at Jefferson County Public Health, who worked on the ordinance, to get the scoop on why Edgewater was the first in the state to include licensing for cigarette sales, what the goal of the ordinance was, who was involved in its passage, how they made the case for the policy, and what’s next. Read More.
Questions about Preemption?
 
State level preemption can be a major barrier to tobacco control policy for local community advocates. For more information on preemption, how it works, possible solutions, and success stories, check out CounterTobacco.org's new page, Options for Point of Sale Activities in States and Localities that are Preempted.
Oh Snap! Countering Tobacco Industry Opposition to Local Tobacco Controls
Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center
In November 2016, Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center released a draft of counterarguments to claims presented by NATO in their online slide presentation “The Cause and Effect of Local Tobacco Ordinances” and related fact sheets. The document, "Oh Snap! Countering Tobacco Industry Opposition to Local Tobacco Controls", provides counterarguments for a number of topics, including impacts of local ordinances and the ineffectiveness of the tobacco industry's proposed "solutions" to the negative public health impacts of tobacco. Read More.
Policy News and Research
 
CounterTobacco.org's latest "News and Research Roundup," a monthly summary of the latest POS research, reports, and policy news is out.  Highlights:
Policy News: New Retailer Restrictions for Residential Zones in Buffalo, NY 
 
On December 27, Buffalo, NY implemented a new zoning code referred to as the #GreenCode. City planners adjusted zones and regulations through out the city, including a restriction of new retailers selling tobacco, alcohol, vaping, or hookah products in residential zones, and it also limits exterior signage on stores. This improves walkability & livability for the residents of Buffalo's residential-zoned neighborhoods while also working in the interest of public health. Read More.
Research

Characteristics of Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2015
  • In 2015, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among US youth.
  • Current use (within the past 30 days):
    •  5.4% of middle school students
    • 16.0% of high school students reporting current use
  • Ever use:
    • 13.5% of middle school students
    • 37.7% of high school students
  • Among students who have ever used e-cigarettes,
    • 53.4% used rechargeable/refillable devices
    • 14.5% used disposable e-cigarettes
    • 32.1% used both rechargeable/refillable and disposable e-cigarettes
    • One-third report ever using e-cigarettes for substances other than nicotine.
    • Half of students did not know what brand of e-cigarettes they have used, but 26.4% reported using the brand blu.
Social Disparities in Exposure to Point-of-Sale Cigarette Marketing, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • A survey of smokers in Omaha, Nebraska found that individuals who had a lower income or who were Hispanic or Non-Hispanic Black were more likely to be exposed to a high level of point-of-sale cigarette marketing compared to those who were Non-Hispanic White and had a higher income. 
  • Learn more about disparities in point of sale advertising and retailer density.
Reducing Potentially Excess Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death in the Rural United StatesCDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly
  • There is a widening gap in all-cause age-adjusted death rates between urban and rural areas, with age-adjusted deaths from the five leading causes (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke) higher in rural areas than in urban areas. Tobacco use contributes to four out of these top five causes. The researchers suggest that in addition to improving access to healthcare, needs-based rather than population-based distribution of funding with an increased emphasis on the epidemiological burden of disease might help reduce this disparity
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
FDA - Battery Safety Concerns in Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Public Workshop - April 2017
FDA/CTP is hosting a science-based public workshop to gather information and stimulate discussion on batteries used in electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including electronic cigarettes. In particular, CTP seeks to gather information about battery safety concerns (e.g., overheating, fire, explosion, other modes of failure), risk mitigation, and design parameters related to ENDS. Additionally, information related to the communication from tobacco product manufacturers or importers to distributors, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and the general public on battery-related safety concerns with the use of ENDS products will also be collected. Learn More.
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