Tobacco Tactics: STOP adds 25 new organisations to its Tobacco Industry Allies database

New-to-me, from Tobacco Tactics: STOP adds 25 new organisations to its Tobacco Industry Allies database. “An investigation carried out by global tobacco industry watchdog STOP [Stopping Tobacco Organizations & Products] has resulted in the addition of 25 new organisations to its Tobacco Industry Allies database. The database, launched in 2019, now includes 135 groups across 33 countries. Each of the allies listed in the database is categorised as ‘Third Party’, ‘Front Group’ or ‘Astroturf’ using the definitions outlined by STOP.”

UMass Chan Medical School: New UMass Chan study finds smoking rates increased in pandemic, looks at related stresses

UMass Chan Medical School: New UMass Chan study finds smoking rates increased in pandemic, looks at related stresses. “The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a net increase in smoking rates among a group of people who had previously participated in a study to quit smoking, according to a new study led by Rajani S. Sadasivam, PhD. The study appeared in the Feb. 5 issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.”

Changing America: Adult cigarette smoking fell to all-time low in first year of pandemic

Changing America: Adult cigarette smoking fell to all-time low in first year of pandemic. “According to new data from the CDC, 19 percent of U.S. adults, 47.1 million people, used tobacco products in some form in 2020. Cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product, with 12.5 percent of U.S. adults having smoked cigarettes, the lowest number since data collection began in 1965.”

NPR: Cigarette sales went up last year for the first time in 20 years

NPR: Cigarette sales went up last year for the first time in 20 years. “For the first time in two decades, cigarette sales increased last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, as tobacco companies also beefed up spending to promote their products. The Federal Trade Commission, in its annual Cigarette Report, said that manufacturers sold 203.7 billion cigarettes in 2020, up from 202.9 billion in 2019 — an increase of 0.4%.”

Slashgear: BeachBot uses AI to rid beaches of cigarette butts

Slashgear: BeachBot uses AI to rid beaches of cigarette butts. “BeachBot inventors Edwin Bos and Martijn Lukaart of TechTics got fed up with the worrying number of cigarette butts on Scheveningen Beach in Holland. The solution? Create a robot that looks like a moon rover and give it arms to pick up those nasty butts. The result is BeachBot or BB, an adorable contraption with balloon tires and a green attitude.”

MedicalXpress: New tool calculates lives saved, policy implications of tobacco control

MedicalXpress: New tool calculates lives saved, policy implications of tobacco control. “The Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) tool is an interactive simulation modeling application developed by Jamie Tam, assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Rafael Meza, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the NCI-funded Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung consortium. In addition to minimum age laws, the tool also simulates the potential state-by-state effects of smoke-free air laws, cigarette taxes and increasing state tobacco control expenditures.”

Digital Trends: Instagram bans influencers from promoting tobacco and vaping in branded content

Digital Trends: Instagram bans influencers from promoting tobacco and vaping in branded content. “Social media influencers on Instagram aren’t allowed to promote vaping, tobacco products, or weapons anymore as part of newly updated rules on the platform. Facebook-owned Instagram announced on Wednesday that branded posts promoting any of those goods are no longer allowed on either social media platform.”

Google Searches for ‘Cheap Cigarettes’ Spike at Tax Increases: Evidence from an Algorithm to Detect Spikes in Time Series Data (Oxford Academic)

Nicotine and Tobacco Research: Google Searches for ‘Cheap Cigarettes’ Spike at Tax Increases: Evidence from an Algorithm to Detect Spikes in Time Series Data. “Online cigarette dealers have lower prices than brick-and-mortar retailers and advertise tax-free status 1-8. Previous studies show smokers search out these online alternatives at the time of a cigarette tax increase 9-10. However, these studies rely upon researchers’ decision to consider a specific date and preclude the possibility that researchers focus on the wrong date. The purpose of this study is to introduce an unbiased methodology to the field of observing search patterns and to use this methodology to determine whether smokers search Google for ‘cheap cigarettes’ at cigarette tax increases and, if so, whether the increased level of searches persists.”

Duke University Puts Cigarette Card Collection Online

Last year I wrote about Duke University’s project to create an online archive of cigarette advertising cards and similar items. Looks like it’s here. “Between 1875 and the 1940s, cigarette companies often included collectible trading cards with their packages of cigarettes. Cigarette card sets document popular culture from the turn of the century, often depicting the period’s actresses, costumes, and sports, as well as offering fascinating insights into mainstream American humor and cultural norms. The W. Duke, Sons & Co. digital collection features over 1800 individual cigarette cards, as well as two large scrapbooks that contain several hundred additional cards. The collection also includes images of other tobacco advertising ephemera such as pins, tobacco tags, silk, and souvenir albums. Companies represented here include W. Duke, Sons & Co., Allen & Ginter, Kinney Bros. Co., Liggett & Myers, and others.”