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Blog2022-08-16T11:33:30-04:00

Success story: Kansas high schoolers participate in summer project to learn about the tobacco retail environment

From September 2021 to August 2022, Counter Tools supported the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to address two of their identified priority areas: preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults, and addressing tobacco-related health inequities. This included point-of-sale training for KDHE’s [More]

November 22, 2022|Categories: Point of Sale, Success Stories|

CDC releases new mapping techniques best practice supplement

Maps are a valuable tool for understanding community trends, visualizing disparities, identifying gaps in program and policy implementation, educating decision makers, and evaluating interventions. In expanding upon the evidence-based recommendations in the CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs–2014, the Center for Public Health Systems Science [More]

November 8, 2022|Categories: Data|

Healthy Active Communities Virtual Conference Sept 14-15

Counter Tools staff will be presenting at the Healthy Active Communities Conference September 14-15. HACC will be a place to learn about policies & systems changes related to health equity & nutrition security with a weight-inclusive lens. Healthy Active Communities sets out to explore and expand conversations [More]

September 7, 2022|Categories: Health Equity, Healthy Food, News From Tools, Webinars|

Webinar – Innovative Local Solutions in Public Health

We recently hosted a webinar with CADCA GHEA about local-level policy solutions in Maryland and California. These efforts advanced policies relating to alcohol and healthy food. We often see innovative policy solutions tested first at the local-level. In this webinar, you’ll learn about alcoholic beverage regulations in [More]

August 30, 2022|Categories: Alcohol, Healthy Food, Partners, Policy, Webinars|

Counter Tobacco Podcast : Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption (Episode 30)

Earlier this year, along with our partners at ChangeLab Solutions, we published a resource on this topic called the Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption Playbook. It equips tobacco prevention staff and their partners with the knowledge, context, and resources needed to understand how preemption influences their work. [More]

August 29, 2022|Categories: Counter Tobacco Podcast, Point of Sale|

Creating tobacco control policies that work toward health equity

Tobacco control policies must be formulated and examined with health equity at the forefront to directly address health inequities among Black Americans and other marginalized communities. Even the best intentioned tobacco product regulation policies may reinforce racism and the inequitable impact on marginalized communities. We must create [More]

August 2, 2022|Categories: Health Equity, Point of Sale, Policy|

Letter opposing extension of cigar comment period

Dear Dr. Califf: Today, we write in response to several requests the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule to remove all characterizing flavors, except for tobacco, from cigars. We strongly oppose any extension of the comment period, [More]

May 25, 2022|Categories: Advocacy|

Counter Tobacco Podcast: Tobacco-Related Assurances of Voluntary Compliance (Episode 29)

In this episode, we provide a primer on tobacco-related Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC), which are legally binding and enforceable agreements between companies (i.e. big tobacco retailers) and one or more states (under each state attorneys general) in which the retailer agrees to adhere to certain standards [More]

May 3, 2022|Categories: Counter Tobacco Podcast, Point of Sale|

Letter to FDA on Rules to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Dear Dr. Califf: The undersigned public health, medical, education and community organizations write to express our support for the Food and Drug Administration’s commitment to issuing proposed rules this Spring to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all characterizing flavors in cigars. Once [More]

April 22, 2022|Categories: Advocacy, Policy|
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