Tobacco – June 9, 2016

The power of states and communities in changing the tobacco retail and policy lanscape

The State and Community Tobacco Control Research released its 2016 Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation. Highlights from the report include:

  • New data on e-cigarette policies (e.g., 77% of states now have minimum legal sales ages)
  • Self-service access to chewing tobacco, cigars, and cigarillos is now illegal in 44% of states
  • Communities in most states (71%) are conducting retail assessments to raise awareness and inform policy
  • A lack of political will and tobacco industry interference remain major barriers to point-of-sale policy activity

Despite barriers, reported point-of-sale policy activity has increased overall during the last two years.

Let’s make sure tobacco control is part of cancer moonshot

A New York Times op-ed pointes out that getting people to quit smoking would go a long way toward reducing cancer rates. The fight against tobacco is a key reason why cancer death rates dropped 23 percent from 1991 – 2012. As the White House moves forward with its cancer Moonshot, public health professionals and their partners should keep our sights on the less glamorous but dramatically effective solutions already available in our own backyard.

Adult cigarette smoking rates down according to CDC study

Cigarette smoking rates among U.S. adults are declining, according to early release data from CDC’s 2015 National Health Interview Survey. Adults aged 18 and over who were cigarette smokers in 2015 was 15.1 percent, down from 16.8 percent in 2014. The rate is a nearly ten-point decline since 1997, when 24.7 percent of American adults were cigarette smokers.

A qualitative study of vape shop operators’ perceptions of risks and benefits of e-cigarette use and attitude toward their potential regulation by FDA

Approximately 8,500 vape shops in the United States sell a variety of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Read about this study that examined vape shop operators’ perceptions of benefits and risk of ENDS use, what they perceive to be the reasons for ENDS use, their source of product information, what information they shared with customers, and the impact of existing and future regulation of ENDS on its use and on their business.

Longitudinal trends in tobacco availability, tobacco advertising, and ownership changes of food stores

Frequency of visiting convenience and corner grocery stores that sell tobacco is positively associated with the odds of ever smoking and the risk of smoking initiation among youth. This study assessed 12-year trends of tobacco availability, tobacco advertising, and ownership changes in various food stores in Albany, New York.


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