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September Newsletter

Policy News and Research's latest "News and Research Roundup," a monthly summary of the latest POS research, reports, and policy news is out.  Highlights:
Reducing Disparities in Tobacco Retailer Density by Banning Tobacco Product Sales Near Schools, Nicotine & Tobacco Research

A study examining tobacco retailer density in both Missouri and New York found that density was higher in low-income and racially diverse neighborhoods and African-American neighborhoods. However, if a policy were put in place that banned tobacco retailers within 1000 feet of schools, most of the disparities in retailer density between neighborhoods would be eliminated. Learn more about licensing as a way to restrict where tobacco can be sold.
Associated Between Distance From Home to Tobacco Outlet and Smoking Cessation and Relapse, JAMA Internal Medicine

An analysis of two longitudinal studies of current smokers in Finland found that smokers who lived farther away from a tobacco outlet were more likely to successfully quit, where a 500 meter (1/3 mile) increase in the distance that the smoker lived from a tobacco outlet was associated with a 20% to 60% increase in odds of quitting smoking. Walking distance to a tobacco outlet did not appear to influence relapse for ex-smokers. Learn more about licensing and zoning as strategies to reduce tobacco retailer density.

Overall, 66.1% of adults who completed surveyed “strongly” or “somewhat” favored prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, including half of current smokers.
Tobacco 21 News 
New Resources

Disparities Fact Sheet

New fact sheet from the Center from the Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center: Tobacco Disparities: Evidence Supports Policy Change
Archived webinar - Clearing the Clouds: Demystifying the Vape Shop
Missed our webinar with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium?
View the archived slides and recording here
2016 Photo Contest Winners Announced
Thanks to all who entered our 5th Annual Photo Contest - we received nearly 50 images from 16 states and even as far away as Pakistan! When it comes to demonstrating what's happening at the point of sale, photos that capture the tobacco industry's marketing tactics really are worth 1000 words. We hope these photos will be useful for POS tobacco control advocates and coalitions across the country. View winners for each category here.
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