POLICY BRIEFS

Tobacco Retailer Licensing
Selling tobacco is a lucrative business. Retailers who are allowed to do so must be held accountable for complying with tobacco ordinances and regulations, that ensure things like sales to youth are not happening, and product placement advantages are not weighed inappropriately. By licensing tobacco retail sales the same way governments do for alcohol or pharmaceuticals, we can ensure more control over tobacco use in our communities.


Regulating Flavored Tobacco and Nicotine Products
Flavored tobacco and nicotine products are a moving target. While many communities have already enacted ordinances banning the sale of flavored cigarettes and cigars, the tobacco industry continues to lure young smokers with flavored products. Things like flavored e-cigs and shisha, the flavored tobacco smoked in hookahs, are often exempted from existing laws. This section provides some information about the ongoing efforts to regulate the increasing variety of flavored tobacco products.

  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Policy Brief on Regulating Flavored Tobacco Products.
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  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids The Flavor Trap Report: How Tobacco Companies are Luring Kids with Candy Flavored E-cigarettes and Cigars.
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Regulating Tobacco Product Pricing
Pricing is one of the most important fronts in the battle against tobacco use. Communities use tactics like taxes and minimum pricing to discourage the sale of tobacco and nicotine products. The tobacco industry responds in kind with discounts, coupons, multi-pack offers and other incentives to keep current smokers buying and entice new smokers – particularly young people who tend to be more price conscious. These documents will help you understand the relationship between tobacco pricing and the prevalence of its use.

  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Policy Brief Death on a Discount: Regulating Tobacco Product Pricing.
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  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Policy Brief Tobacco Coupon Regulations and Sampling Restrictions
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Raising the Minimum Age

If someone reaches the age of 21 without becoming a smoker, there’s only a 2% chance they will start. Raising the minimum smoking age is an effective way to reduce smoking rates and stop the next generation of smokers before they start. That’s why it’s one of the most important current issues for tobacco control advocates.

  • Tobacco Free Rhode Island Policy Brief on raising the smoking age to 21.
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  • The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies report on the Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products.
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  • The Campaign for Tobacco Free-Kids Digest of key findings from the Institute of Medicine Report.
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Emerging Tobacco Products
The tobacco industry has a lot invested in keeping people smoking - or simply, addicted to buying their products. They are constantly innovating new products and nicotine delivery systems, both to work around regulations and attract more potential users. Staying up to date on the latest products is essential to the fight against tobacco use.

  • TFRI Policy Brief on Little Cigars and Related Products. This is available for use in your own outreach and education efforts.
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  • The American Lung Association Policy Brief on Hookah Use.
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  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Regulatory Options for Hookahs and Water Pipes.
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  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Regulatory Options for Snus
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  • Public Health Law Center Options for Regulating Tobacco in the Retail Environment
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  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Point of Sale Strategies: A Tobacco Control Policy Guide
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Taxation of Tobacco Products
Taxing tobacco products helps reduce smoking in two ways: it discourages people from smoking by raising prices and helps fund anti-smoking programs. Understanding the use and impact of tobacco taxes can help you affect change in your community.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has this Policy Brief on Tobacco Taxes.
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  • The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has a variety of resources on the importance of cigarette and other tobacco product taxes.
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  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Policy Brief State Taxation of Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products
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Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulations
Electronic nicotine delivery systems like e-cigarettes are evolving and gaining popularity faster than regulations can keep up. Anti-smoking advocates need to understand the latest developments, and how laws need to be applied or developed to regulate these addictive products.

  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Policy Brief on the Deeming Regulation: FDA Authority Over E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products.
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  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Policy Brief on State and Local Tobacco Regulations in a Post Deeming World.
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  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Policy Approaches to Preventing Liquid Nicotine Poisonings.
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Marijuana Regulation
As more states decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana, a whole new set of regulatory issues will arise, many of which are analogous to tobacco control issues.

  • The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Synopsis of Marijuana Laws, Regulatory Options, and Lessons to be Learned from Tobacco Control Efforts.
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