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.
The Counter Tobacco podcast is a project of Counter Tools and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
Environmental Impact of Tobacco and Retail Tobacco Policies
In this episode, we're talking about the environmental impact of commercial tobacco products. Despite not typically being at the forefront of commercial tobacco prevention and control efforts, now more so than ever, it is paramount to understand how commercial tobacco products negatively impact our environment. You’ll hear about the manufacturing of tobacco, the use of non-biodegradable cigarette filters which remain the world’s most littered plastic item, the impact of e-cigarette and e-liquid waste, and ways that communities across the country are standing up to the commercial tobacco industry to reduce the environmental impact of tobacco products.
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Youth Advocacy for Point-of-Sale Policy Change
In this episode, we are talking about advocacy through the eyes of youth. On May 16-19th, youth groups and organizations from around the country came together in-person in Washington D.C. to meet each other, participate in activities, learn more about the tobacco industry, and rally against one of the largest tobacco companies, Altria. One of these groups is Reality Check out of New York, who organizes this Mobilize Against Tobacco Lies (MATL) event each year. During this event last month, participating youth spoke out against tobacco industry targeting and made it known they will not stand for this through their advocacy efforts. You will hear more about this example of youth who are making a difference during this episode.
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Point of Sale Trends to Watch in 2023
In this episode, we’re taking a look into the future! Each January, we make some predictions about the top trends in retail tobacco prevention and control work to pay attention to. In this episode, we walk you through each of our 8 categories of focus for 2023. They are:
a focus on health equity in pos tobacco control comprehensive bans on the sale of flavored tobacco products tobacco retailer licensing a changing tobacco product and nicotine landscape endgame strategies battles over preemption, and partnerships to create healthier places. Read a transcript of the episode. You can also see a written version of our top point of sale trends to watch in 2023 here.
Contracts between Tobacco Retailers and Tobacco Companies: Impact on the Retail Environment
In this episode, we're talking about contracts between tobacco retailers and tobacco companies and their impact on the retail environment with our guest, Allie Reimold, MA.
Allie is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She studies how the private sector creates retail environments that ultimately impact chronic disease. Her current work utilizes mixed methods approaches to understand how food- and tobacco-purchasing behavior can be influenced by product availability, pricing, and promotion, particularly in the rapidly expanding dollar store market. As part of this work, Allie highlights the need for policy options and organizational programming that equitably addresses the commercial determinants of health in the retail setting.
She and her colleagues recently published a paper entitled "Tobacco company agreements with tobacco retailers for price discounts and prime placement of products and advertising: a scoping review." Join us as we talk through their findings, including what these contracts are, what they require of retailers, what they provide to them, and what the contracts' ultimate impact is on the retailers, on consumer behaviors, as well as on tobacco use and health.
Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption
In this episode, we're talking all about preemption. Earlier this year, along with our partners at ChangeLab Solutions, we published a resource on this topic called the Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption Playbook. It equips tobacco prevention staff and their partners with the knowledge, context, and resources needed to understand how preemption influences their work. In this episode, we talk through some of the basics of what preemption means, the different forms it can take, how to determine what your community’s local authority to pass policy actually is, and ways that communities across the country are making progress despite being preempted.
Tobacco-Related Assurances of Voluntary Compliance
In this episode, we provide a primer on tobacco-related Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC), which are legally binding and enforceable agreements between companies (i.e. big tobacco retailers) and one or more states (under each state attorneys general) in which the retailer agrees to adhere to certain standards and practices to reflect their commitment to the responsible marketing of tobacco products. Common examples of these standards and practices include limiting the type and location of tobacco advertising permitted, prohibiting the sale of look-a-like products, and prohibiting self-service tobacco displays. These provisions are designed to prevent the sale of tobacco to minors and to reduce the appeal of tobacco products and tobacco product advertising that are targeted to youth. Learn more about the background behind these agreements, why AVCs are beneficial, and how local and state tobacco control programs can help.
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.