"Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act," Protects Kids From E-liquid
President Obama has signed into law theChild Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, which requires all liquid nicotine containers used for e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to be sold in child-resistant packaging.
This law addresses growing concern over child poisoning cases related to e-cigarettes, whichincreased tenfold between 2011 and 2014 to total more than 3,638 in 2014. Tragically, there was also one deathof a 1-year-old boy resulting from his ingestion of nicotine e-liquid. While this legislation is an important step in increasing the safety of e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices, other safety issues remain. Learn more.
Last chance to participate in vSTARS pilot!
Want to find out what's happening at vape shops in your community? Counter Tobacco is proud to promote the newest store assessment toolfor vape shops: vSTARS! Several states, along with local communities, have volunteered to participate in trying out the new tool for vape shop store assessments. We are excited to offer one remaning opportunity for a state, city, or community to gain access to our first version of the form, collect data, provide us with feedback, and receive a basic analysis of what vape shops look like in their community. The questions on vSTARS aim to measure the availability of different types of vaporizers, e-juices, flavors, and messaging within vape shops. If your agency would like to participate, please respond immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More News, Research, and Resources
CounterTobacco.org's latest "News and Research Roundup,"a monthly summary of the latest POS research, reports, and policy news is out. Highlights:
In a virtual convenience store, recently-quit smokers had lower urges to smoke, and were less likely to attempt to purchase cigarettes, when the store’s tobacco product display was enclosed behind a cabinet (simulating a “display ban”) compared to when the store’s display was fully visible. Similarly, current smokers shopping in the store condition that used plain packaging for cigarettes, coupled with black and white, text-only advertisements, were significantly less likely to attempt to purchase cigarettes than those shopping in the store with full-color cigarette packaging and advertisements (see image below for the four conditions). This study provides evidence for display bans and for plain packaging and advertisements as a way to help adults maintain cessation or reduce their smoking. Learn more aboutdisplay bansand policies thatrestrict tobacco advertising and promotions.
Young adults 18-24 years old living in areas with high tobacco retailer density were over three times more likely to have recently initiated non-cigarette combustible products than those living in areas with lower retailer density. Similarly, individuals 25-34 years old living in areas with high tobacco retailer density were nearly four times more likely to have initiated cigarette use in past six months than those living in areas with lower retailer density. This provides further evidence that retailer density is associated with greater rates of tobacco use initiation. Learn more about strategies to combat tobacco retailer density, such as licensing and zoning.