Online Program

Addressing Youth Tobacco Influences in the Retail Environment: From Data Collection to Policy Adoption

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Denice A Dennis, MPH, Communtiy Wellness and Prevention Program, Contra Costa Health Services, Martinez, CA
The Tobacco Industry spends 90% of its marketing and promotions dollars in the retail environment, and youth are subjected to tobacco promotions and marketing in a variety of ways in their communities.  This presentation will discuss five policy options to address tobacco in the retail environment:  1)  prohibiting the sale of flavored (non-cigarette) tobacco products; 2) requiring minimum pack size for cigars, including little cigars and cigarillos;  3) restricting tobacco sales near schools;  4) reducing density through prohibiting new stores from locating close to existing stores;  and 5) tobacco retailer licensing as a tool for enforcement of tobacco control laws.  Lessons learned in building support for local policies to address the retail environment will be discussed, including the benefits of local data collection and educating policy makers about the need for these policies.  Recommendations include identifying the problem locally, building relationships with a policy maker champion, clearly articulating youth tobacco prevention as a frame for regulating the retail environment, and developing solid implementation plans.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List Local Policy Options for Addressing Flavored Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products, Small Pack Size and Tobacco Store Location/Density. Identify factors that may support or hinder adoption of local community policy to regulate tobacco in the retail environment. Discuss potential challenges to implementing local policies to regulate the retail environment.

Keyword(s): Tobacco Control, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Responsible for overall planning, program development, and monitoring of project activities, including strategy development for policy/advocacy initiatives, community partnerships and community education. Provide technical assistance to city staff and policymakers on tobacco control policy options and implementation issues. Lead team in completion of state funded deliverables, implementation of county's Secondhand Smoke Protections and Tobacco Retailer Licensing ordinances. Provide staffing to a community Tobacco Prevention Coalition and develop training and conduct presentations to support policy initiatives.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.