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January 20, 2021 24 min

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 ...

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October 27, 2020 14 min

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.

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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...

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August 26, 2020 13 min

“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. 

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August 13, 2020 10 min

"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 1 to learn what has happened in point-of-sale tobacco control in the beginning of August. 

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July 28, 2020 25 min

This episode is designed to answer all your questions about heated tobacco products, or as the industry refers to them, "heat-not-burn" products. This episode covers their design and safety, assesses their marketing and current regulation, examines a bit of the newer research and literature on the products, explains the FDA's 'modified risk' label authorization for the IQOS Heated Tobacco System, and considers p...

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This episode is the first in what we hope will be a new series called, 'Authentic Voices', where we speak with individuals in communities across the US to hear how their lived experiences and interactions in the retail environment impacted their journey with tobacco.

In this episode, we speak with Shaun Pryor, a Chicago-native and Oklahoma-transplant who is an outspoken advocate against Big Tobacco and the manipulative tac...

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May 22, 2020 15 min

Pharmacies are licensed healthcare facilities uniquely positioned to provide healthcare services and health advice directly to community members across the US. Yet, many pharmacies still widely promote and sell tobacco products, the leading cause of preventable disease and death in this country. This episode focuses entirely on tobacco-free pharmacies. We'll hone in on evidence-backed research, dive into case studies and succes...

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April 27, 2020 13 min

Tobacco retail licenses (TRLs) are one of the most lasting and effective strategies in tobacco control. In addition to letting states and localities know who is selling tobacco, licensing is an evidence-based way to reduce tobacco use; it also offers a versatile regulatory platform that allows jurisdictions to implement additional policies that can further reduce tobacco use and reduce disparities in the retail environment. This ep...

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The tobacco industry spends over $9 billion dollars each year marketing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the United States. This episode dives into the ways in which the industry allocates this exorbitant amount of money to target communities of low socioeconomic status, and examines how the industry's manipulative tactics impact disparities in tobacco use and tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. Show notes can be found ...

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Over the past few months, we've seen a lot of changes to the regulatory environment surrounding tobacco products. This episode highlights the new federal flavor ban and Tobacco 21 law, as well as what some states and local jurisdictions have done to advance tobacco control and what your locality could do to support strong tobacco control.

 

 

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In this episode, we speak with Counter Tools' new Executive Director, Maria Julian. Learn about her visions for the future of Counter Tools and Counter Tobacco.org and hear what she thinks we should be on the lookout for in tobacco control this upcoming year.

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November 25, 2019 16 min

 In this episode, we take a closer look at hookah. Learn about general trends in hookah tobacco use, hookah industry marketing and promotional strategies at the point of sale and point of consumption, examples of current state and local-level regulations, and point-of-sale policy options

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June 7, 2019 22 min
In this episode, we interview Katherine Ungar, Executive Director of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. Learn about how interest in policies raising the minimum legal sales age to 21 (or "Tobacco 21" policies) has grown in the US, what makes a strong Tobacco 21 policy, and pitfalls to avoid. We talk about federal Tobacco 21 bills that have been introduced in Congress and how Tobacco 21 fits into the larger tobacco...
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In this episode, we talk with Jake Wilson, a junior and statistics major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has been taking a service-learning course titled "Tobacco and America," which "examines the complex significances of tobacco—a plant of great local importance to North Carolina—by placing it in a variety of historical, interdisciplinary, and experiential contexts." For his service-leaning ...
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October 10, 2018 18 min
On June 14, 2018, Counter Tools and CounterTobacco.org held their 4th quarterly webinar. The webinar covered the intersection of point-of-sale tobacco and the military, with Amanda Kong, a UNC researcher and doctoral student, presenting her team's findings pertaining to the pricing of tobacco products on Air Force bases. Following the webinar, Counter Tobacco.org had the privilege of talking to Dr. Melissa Little, Assistant Pro...
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For this bonus episode of the podcast, following up on our episode on African-American Tobacco Use and Industry Targeting," two Counter Tools staff members, Jackie Boards and Rose DeLeon-Foote had the opportunity to interview Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Co-Chair of the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, while he was in the Triangle, NC for a number of speaking engagements around menthol and tobacco as a social justi...
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Episode Five: African-American Tobacco Use and Industry Targeting On this episode of the Counter Tobacco Podcast, we continue our discussion at how different aspects of people’s lives are used by big tobacco and ultimately, how we can stop their influence from further spreading. Today’s episode focuses on African-American Tobacco Use and Industry Targeting. Sources The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use US Cens...
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February 1, 2018 9 min
Episode Five: LGBTQ Tobacco Use On this episode of the Counter Tobacco Podcast, we begin our discussion at how different aspects of people’s lives are used by big tobacco and ultimately, how we can stop their influence from further spreading. We begin with the LGBTQ community. Sources The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use Is There a Relationship Between the Concentration of Same-Sex Couples and Tobacco Retaile...
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December 16, 2017 10 min
Episode Four: Vaping There’s a new product in town and it’s certainly becoming popular. This episode of the Counter Tobacco podcast explores the new trend of vaping, including how e-cigarettes work and who exactly is using them. Sources Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings: Vape Shop E-Cigarettes at the Point of Sale Electronic Cigarettes (CDC) Vaping 101 A high-tech approach to getting a nicotine fix (LA Times) Audi...
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