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Counter Tobacco Podcast
22 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
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.
49 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
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.
24 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
The Tobacco Control Vaccine Booster
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 Tobacco Control Vaccine (price increases, smoke-free policies, hard hitting media campaigns, and cessation access) and help work towards an "end game" for commercial tobacco in the United States.
15 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Equity in Point-of-Sale Tobacco Control
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.
10 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
On Your Radar - September Spotlight on Flavor Bans
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 flavored tobacco products.
13 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
On Your Radar - August, Part 2
“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.
10 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
On Your Radar - August, Part 1
"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.
26 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Heated Tobacco Products
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 policy options moving forward.
38 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
'Authentic Voices' - An Interview with Shaun Pryor
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 tactics they use to lure youth and customers of all ages. We discuss his journey from smoking to quitting to advocacy and action, and touch on the industry's targeting of Black communities and the ways we can make lasting change in tobacco control. An extended video version will be available on Youtube later in July.
15 minutes | May 22, 2020
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 success stories, and consider the policy options that can establish tobacco-free pharmacies in your community.
14 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Tobacco Retailer Licensing
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 episode offers a mini boot camp in TRL basics; we’ll take a look at what they are, why they are useful, and how your locality can ensure success when implementing one.
15 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
The Tobacco Industry's Targeting of Low SES Communities
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 here.
15 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
A Look at the Federal Flavor Ban & Tobacco 21
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.
11 minutes | Jan 30, 2020
Counter Tools' Executive Director Maria Julian & Her Vision of the Future
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.
17 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
Hookah Tobacco at the Point of Sale
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
22 minutes | Jun 7, 2019
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 control picture.
45 minutes | Dec 19, 2018
Tobacco and America: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
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 component, Jake has spent some time with Counter Tools getting to know the point-of-sale side of tobacco control. As someone new to the topic, we talk about his major take-a-ways from the class, reflections on the historical role that tobacco has played in the US, what that means today, and what Jake now sees as the point-of-sale policy priorities to address to minimize the tobacco industry's influence in the future.
18 minutes | Oct 9, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Dr. Melissa Little
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 Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia. Dr. Little’s work centers around military populations and she is currently the head of a tobacco intervention development and evaluation at Lackland AFP for Air Force Technical Trainees. While Dr. Little was unable to attend the webinar, we were able to ask her a few questions for the Counter Tobacco podcast. We hope you enjoy. Study in Question: Kong, A. Y., Golden, S. D., Myers, A. E., Little, M. A., Klesges, R., Talcott, W., ... Ribisl, K. M. (Accepted/In press). Availability, price and promotions for cigarettes and non-cigarette tobacco products: An observational comparison of US Air Force bases with nearby tobacco retailers, 2016. Tobacco control. DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2018-054266
15 minutes | May 25, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Interview with Dr. Phillip Gardiner
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 justice issue.
14 minutes | May 20, 2018
African-American Tobacco Use and Industry Targeting
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 Census Inequalities in tobacco outlet density by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, 2012, USA: results from the ASPiRE Study Reducing Disparities in Tobacco Retailer Density by Banning Tobacco Product Sales Near Schools CDC: African Americans and Tobacco Use Tobacco Free Kids: Tobacco Company Marketing to African Americans https://countertobacco.org/resources-tools/evidence-summaries/menthol/ Audio Why So Many African Americans Smoke Cigarettes Tobacco Advertising: African Americans Worth More | Struggling Communities | :60 Report l truth Uptown Cigs Campaign Credits Written, edited, and produced by Lindsay Miller
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