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Counter Tools, with the help of its Partners, advances place-based public health by enacting and enforcing policy, systems, and environmental interventions that promote health equity across communities.

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 [More]

By |2022-07-19T11:52:58-04:00May 25, 2022|Categories: Advocacy|

Healthy POS Webinar Series: The Effects of Preemption and Opportunities for Action in Preempted States

Counter Tools hosted a webinar on April 14, 2022 with special guests from Indiana and ChangeLab Solutions. With the introduction of new preemption bills during the pandemic and existing preempted states, tobacco point-of-sale related preemption presents a challenge to policy action and local control. This webinar equipped [More]

By |2022-08-16T10:58:07-04:00April 5, 2022|Categories: Point of Sale, Policy, Webinars|Tags: |

Webinar – Changing the Game Redux: An Updated Playbook for E-cigarette Regulation at the State and Local Level

Despite public health concerns about the prevalence of e-cigarette use – especially among youth and young adults – the U.S. e-cigarette market continues to thrive. Addressing this rapidly changing market requires coordinated and evidence-based policy at local, state, and federal levels. This webinar features experts in [More]

By |2022-04-15T13:02:02-04:00March 28, 2022|Categories: Partners, Policy, Webinars|

Letter Urging Action on Synthetic Nicotine in E-cigarettes

Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: We write to urge you to respond to a new and growing threat to our nation’s youth: e-cigarette manufacturers’ use of synthetic nicotine to evade Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight. E-cigarette manufacturers, [More]

By |2022-03-11T12:44:48-05:00March 11, 2022|Categories: Advocacy, Policy|

Tobacco Point of Sale Preemption Playbook

Local governments often lead the way in adopting laws and policies aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing inequities, including point-of-sale commercial tobacco control policies. However, state preemption can thwart local efforts to adopt laws and policies that protect public health and advance health equity. The [More]

By |2022-03-01T14:00:24-05:00February 28, 2022|Categories: Partners, Point of Sale, Policy, Resource|

Report: Surveying How the Tobacco Industry Markets Flavors in Five Midwestern Cities

A report from Counter Tools and Truth Initiative examines how flavored tobacco products are marketed and sold in 5 U.S. cities, with new data looking specifically at e-cigarette products.   Download Materials Summary report: Surveying How the Tobacco Industry Markets Flavors in Five Midwestern Cities  Full report [More]

By |2022-02-21T11:22:32-05:00February 9, 2022|Categories: Data, Partners, Point of Sale, Resource|

Congrats to our partners on their 2021 accomplishments!

Despite the challenges that 2021 brought, our public health partners remained committed to building healthier, more equitable communities. We’d like to recognize our partners for the following accomplishments in 2021: Arizona Office of the Attorney General reinitiated tobacco enforcement inspections this year using the Tobacco Enforcement [More]

By |2022-01-04T14:56:00-05:00December 21, 2021|Categories: Partners, Success Stories|

Letter Opposing Bill to Exempt Some Cigars from FDA Oversight

We are writing to express our opposition to S. 438, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2021, which would exempt some cigars, including some inexpensive, machine-made cigars, from oversight under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA). To fulfill [More]

By |2021-12-09T12:22:04-05:00December 3, 2021|Categories: Advocacy|

Meet our Board: Megan Jacobs, Board Chair

Megan Jacobs is the Board Chair at Counter Tools and the managing director of product in the Innovations center at Truth Initiative. Megan has a long history of architecting products to inspire healthy behavior change. Learn more about Megan’s background and what draws her to Counter [More]

By |2021-12-01T15:51:26-05:00December 1, 2021|Categories: Staff and Board Profiles|
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