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Report Tool

Publication Date

Spring 2016


Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) is funded by the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) State and Community Tobacco Control (SCTC) Research Initiative. ASPiRE is a consortium of researchers from the Center for Public Health Systems Science (CPHSS) as Washington University in St. Louis, the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. In 2011, ASPiRE received a five-year grant from SCTC to conduct research on how to maximize state and local policies to restrict tobacco marketing at the point of sale (POS) and in the broader retail environment. It is important for professionals looking to advance retail policy work to understand the current retail and legal landscape, as well as potential policy options. We gave the first snapshot of the tobacco retail and policy environments in the first Report to the Nation. This report provides new findings on tobacco retailer density, examines changes in product availability and marketing and promotion at retailers since our first report, and documents the growth in retail policy activity in states and localities since 2012. We also present reported barriers to retail policy activity, helpful resources, examples of recent policy successes, and a roadmap of strategies to help demonstrate how states and communities are changing the tobacco retail and policy landscape.

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Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation: Realizing the Power of States and Communities to Change the Tobacco Retail and Policy Landscape