Point of Sale | POLICY
Through funding from the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control, Nutrition and Fitness, Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ (TFHNJ) has been tasked with conducting tobacco retailer audits to better understand the availability of tobacco products and the tobacco advertising landscape. These audits allow TFHNJ to collect data that will help inform policy makers of the dangers of tobacco, specifically youth access and availability and exposure to tobacco marketing. The retail environment is an important area of focus for tobacco control efforts as this is one of the last frontiers for tobacco marketing.
The retail environment is now the major channel used by Big Tobacco to promote initiation & use of tobacco products. Most tobacco products are bought in the retail establishment, and the industry forces most of its marketing efforts in these settings. Point-of-sale Strategies enhance state and local tobacco control efforts by reducing exposure to tobacco products and advertising in stores. Implementing point of sale policies in your community will strengthen the comprehensive approach the state is taking to combat tobacco use rates among youth and adults.
To learn more about Smoke Free Outdoor Recreation Area signage, contact your regional coordinator.
Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ (TFHNJ) is helping to implement point of sales policies across the state to help decrease youth access to tobacco products and exposure to tobacco advertising. As a part of this initiative, TFHNJ is supporting merchant education programs. TFHNJ has created a sticker to compliment merchant education through the STOMP Out Youth Tobacco Use program. STOMP stands for Stop Tobacco Offenses Merchant Program. By distributing these stickers to compliant merchants, we hope to spread the word of the age of sale and help merchants show their communities that they care about the youth of the community.
TOBACCO RETAILER AUDITS & MERCHANT EDUCATION
NJPN with the help of its partners, implements community audits to characterize tobacco advertising and product availability in retail stores, utilizing the Point-of-Sale Strategies Tobacco Control Guide to identify best practice point-of-sale interventions. If you are interested in conducting audits in your town please contact your regional coordinator.
Northern Regional Coordinator
Center for Prevention and Counseling
61 Spring Street
Newton | NJ 07860
P | 973.383.4787
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Central Regional Coordinator
New Jersey Prevention Network
150 Airport Road | Suite 1400
Lakewood | NJ 08701
P | 732.367.0611
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Southern Regional Coordinator
Atlantic Prevention Resources
626 North Shore Road
Absecon | NJ 08221
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