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.
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.
Store assessments are visits to retail tobacco stores to document and collect data on what tobacco products are being sold and how they are being marketed and promoted in your community. In this episode, learn both why and how to conduct them, as well as how the data you collect can be used.
Point-of-Sale Pricing Policies
In this episode, we talk about point-of-sale pricing policies, meaning ways to raise the price of tobacco sold in retail stores. Raising prices is one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use initiation, decrease consumption, and increase cessation. Learn how point-of-sale pricing policies, including minimum floor prices and bans on price discounts and coupon redemption, can complement tax increases to keep prices high and reduce disparities.
Nicotine Pouches and Other “Modern” Oral Nicotine Products
In this episode, we talk about nicotine pouches like "Zyn" and other so-called "modern" oral nicotine products, how they are being marketed and sold in the retail environment, and options for regulating this small but rapidly growing product segment, with concerns about youth initiation in mind.
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,” and moving towards the endgame means, “moving beyond tobacco control (which assumes the continued presence of tobacco as a common, widely-available ordinary consumer product) toward a tobacco-free future wherein commercial tobacco products would be phased out or their use and availability significantly restricted.”  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.
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.