NATO Members Receive Complimentary Registration for Seminar and Show
For 2018, NATO is partnering with the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) Trade Show to hold one of the NATO Education Seminars the day before the trade show opens. The NATO Education Seminar is titled “NATO Industry Outlook” and will be conducted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Las Vegas. The schedule for the NATO seminar event is as follows:
|12:30 PM||Wall Street Tobacco Industry Update|
Nik Modi, RBC Capital
|1:30 PM||Tobacco Market Trends|
Don Burke, Management Science Associates
|3:00 PM||Local, State and FDA Update|
Thomas Briant, Executive Director, NATO
|4:00 - 5:00 PM||Networking Reception|
The Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) will be held on January 31 to February 1, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2018 Tobacco Plus Expo includes keynote speakers each day of the show—offering an excellent learning platform and idea exchange for the industry. Additionally, NATO will have a headquarters booth on the TPE Trade Show floor, giving show attendees an on-site doorway to take their first steps towards mobilizing and helping to change the local, state and federal laws that will directly affect their businesses.
Complimentary Registration Link: To register to attend the NATO Industry Outlook Seminar and the 2018 Tobacco Plus Expo at no charge, NATO members can click on the link below:
Schedule of Events: For a complete schedule of events and other information about the 2018 TPE Trade Show, click on the link below:
FDA to Contact Advertising Vendors to Place Ads at Retail; Schedules Webinar
As reported in the NATO News earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced an adult smoking cessation education campaign focusing on encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through the use of advertisements displayed in and around service stations and convenience stores. In response to that announcement, NATO members inquired how the FDA would be contacting retailers to seek to place these advertisements in stores.
FDA staff has informed NATO that the agency will not contact retail stores directly, but rather purchase advertising space through media vendors that offer advertising space in retail locations. The FDA emphasized that this means there will not be any direct contact with retailers or retail corporate offices to place the advertisements.
Also, to clarify the list of 35 counties that will be targeted for advertisement placement, the City of Lynchburg, Virginia is one of the target communities. There is no Lynchburg County, Virginia as noted on the FDA list of counties.
Public Education Campaign Aimed at Adults Trying to Quit Smoking
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced an adult smoking cessation education campaign focusing on encouraging cigarette smokers to quit through the use of advertisements displayed in and around service stations and convenience stores. This “Every Try Counts” campaign will target smokers who are 25 to 54 years old and who have attempted to quit smoking in the past year, but have been unsuccessful. This is a two-year campaign that will begin in January of 2018 in 35 U.S. markets. A copy of the full FDA press release accompanies this bulletin.
The FDA has confirmed to NATO that retail stores in 35 counties in 25 different states will be contacted to participate in this advertising campaign. Counties were selected based on high smoking prevalence, adult smoking population, and the...Read more...
This week, the FDA began sending to retailers across the country new educational materials called “This Is Our Watch.” In today’s announcement, the agency indicated that new materials will “provide resources to tobacco retailers to encourage consistent compliance with the federal law that makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors.” The free set of materials being mailed to retailers includes a letter to retailers, a poster, register signage, regulation fact sheets, an age verification calendar, and instructions for use.
In response to a question asked by a NATO member, the use of these materials sent by the FDA is voluntary. That is, retailers are not required to utilize the “This Is Our Watch” materials in their stores, but may do so or consider how the materials might be useful to supplement current underage sales training materials that are already being used. Below is a link to the page on the FDA’s website to learn more about the new program and available materials:
On August 4, 2017, the Minneapolis City Council voted 10-2 to adopt an ordinance banning the sale of menthol cigarettes and mint and wintergreen smokeless tobacco products at all retail stores except tobacco shops and licensed liquor stores. This means that over 200 retail stores will be prohibited from selling legal menthol cigarettes and mint and wintergreen smokeless tobacco products. The ordinance is scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2018.
Prior to the adoption of the ordinance, Management Science Associates conducted a study on the potential economic impact of the menthol, mint and wintergreen sales restrictions. The study made the following conclusions:
- Menthol cigarettes currently account for 43% of total cigarette volume and 88% of total menthol tobacco volume in Minneapolis.
- The convenience store channel represents 73% of menthol cigarette volume in...