The Counter Tobacco podcast is a pre-produced, interview and research-based podcast dedicated to the eight million people that die from tobacco-related causes each year. This podcast aims to highlight the role the tobacco industry’s influence at the point of sale plays in tobacco use and tobacco-related harm. Episodes range from in-depth profiles of the demographics most affected by commercial tobacco to stories rooted in the history of the industry’s marketing tactics to coverage of what’s being done today to counter tobacco sales and marketing in the retail environment.
Endgame strategies have been defined as, “initiatives designed to change/eliminate permanently the structural, political, and social dynamics that sustain the tobacco epidemic, in order to end it within a specific time.”  This episode describes what the “endgame” means for commercial tobacco control, the range of strategies it could involve, how point-of-sale policies can play a role in it, and highlights some examples of places that are already implementing endgame policies.
Equitable Enforcement in Commercial Tobacco Control Policy
In this episode, we talk with Natasha Phelps, a Lead Senior Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center, about the recent statement on “Decriminalizing Commercial Tobacco: Addressing Systemic Racism in the Enforcement of Commercial Tobacco Control” that was released last year by a consortium of public health organizations. We take a deeper dive into that statement, discussing the values outlined in it as well as some practical ways to translate those values into action.
The Tobacco Control Vaccine Booster
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Amanda Kong, one of the authors of a recent paper "Boosting the Tobacco Control Vaccine: recognizing the role of the retail environment in addressing tobacco use and disparities." We discuss how key retail strategies, including addressing product availability, pricing and promotions, advertising and display, the minimum age of sale, and retail licensure can complement those in the original Tobacco Control Vaccine and help work towards an "end game" for commercial tobacco.
Equity in Point-of-Sale Tobacco Control
This episode is all about working towards health equity with point-of-sale tobacco control. We’ll discuss some of the drivers behind inequities in tobacco use and related morbidities and mortality, and how we can use a pro-equity approach to plan, implement, and enforce policies that allow all individuals and all communities a fair and just opportunity to achieve their greatest level of health.
On Your Radar - September Spotlight on Flavor Bans
On Your Radar' is a new episode format designed to put the most relevant and recent news stories and research on countering tobacco product sales, promotions, and marketing in the retail environment on your radar. This episode spotlights flavor bans. From the West Coast (California) to the Midwest (Edina and Fridley, MN & Chicago, IL), we've got you covered on the most recent news surrounding restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products.
On Your Radar - August, Part 2
“On Your Radar” is a new episode format, where we release two mini-episodes – one halfway through the month, one at the end of the month – that provide you with the most recent and relevant news stories and research on countering tobacco product sales, promotions, and marketing in the retail environment. Listen to Part 2 to learn what has happened in point-of-sale tobacco control in the second half of August 2020.
I don’t like authoritarians.
Exactly what the title says. Tobacco 21 was one of many movements on the part of statists to control the bodies of Americans and to feed youth, minorities, and the poor into the prison industrial complex.