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Protocol - Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings

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This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Availability:

Publicly available

Description:

The observational assessment from the Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) 1.0 survey includes 17 items for an observer to complete in stores that sell tobacco products, such as convenience stores, gas stations, supermarkets, and pharmacies.

Protocol:

1. Date of visit: ________ Start Time: ________ End Time: ________

2. Coder Name/ID: ________________________________________

3. Store Name/ID: _________________________________________

[ ] 1 Store name matches assigned name

4. Store Address: _________________________________________

[ ] 1 Actual address matches assigned address

5. Can you survey this store? [If not, then select an option below and STOP.]

[ ] 1 Yes, I can

[ ] 2 No, store does not exist

[ ] 3 No, store is closed

[ ] 4 No, under 18 not allowed to enter

[ ] 5 No, membership or fee required to enter

[ ] 6 No, environment unsafe for me

[ ] 7 No, asked to leave before completing the survey

[ ] 8 Other (specify):

EXTERIOR

6. Which products are advertised outside the store (on windows/doors, building, sidewalk, or elsewhere)?

a. Cigarettes - non-menthol

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

b. Cigarettes - menthol

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

c. Cigarillos/little cigars

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

d. Large cigars

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

e. Chew, moist or dry snuff, dip, or snus

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

f. E-cigarettes

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

INTERIOR

7. Store Type: (Choose one)

[ ] 1 Convenience store with or without gas (e.g., 7-Eleven, Exxon, Wawa)

[ ] 2 Drug store/pharmacy (e.g., Walgreens, Rite Aid, Duane Reade)

[ ] 3 Beer, wine, or liquor store (e.g., ABC)

[ ] 4 Grocery store (e.g., small market/deli/produce market) or supermarket (e.g., Stop & Shop, Harris Teeter, Albertson’s)

[ ] 5 Mass merchandiser (e.g., WalMart, Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club) or discount store (e.g., Dollar General, Family Dollar)

[ ] 6 Tobacco shop (e.g., Cigarettes Cheaper, cigar shops, hookah bars, e-cigarette shops, or other tobacco shops)

[ ] 7 Other (specify): ______________________________ (e.g., donut shop, bait & tackle)

8. Any tobacco products sold here (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos/little cigars, chew, moist or dry snuff, dip, snus, or e-cigarettes)?

(Choose one)

[ ] 1 Yes and visible to customers

[ ] 2 Yes, but not visible to customers

[ ] 0 No [STOP if focusing on tobacco retailers]

9. Does the store have a pharmacy counter?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

10. Alcoholic beverages sold here?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

11. Does store display a graphic health warning sign?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

12. Answer these questions about cigarettes.

a. Any cigarettes sold here?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

b. Menthol cigarettes sold here?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

c. Any cigarettes (menthol or non-menthol) within 12 inches of toys, candy, gum, slushy/

soda machines, or ice cream?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

d. Cigarette ad (menthol or non-menthol) within

3 feet of the floor?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

e. Any cigarette price promotions?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

f. Any menthol cigarette price promotions?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

OTHER PRODUCTS

13. Cigarillos/little Cigars

14. Large cigars

15. Chew, moist/dry snuff, dip, or snus

16. E-cigarettes

a. Sold here?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

b. Flavored products?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

c. Singles sold here?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

d. Advertised for less than $1?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

e. Product within 12 inches of toys, candy, gum, slushy/soda machines, or ice cream?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

f. Product ad within 3 feet of floor?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

g. Self-service display?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

h. Any price promotions?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

i. Cross-product promotion with cigarettes?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

17. WIC and/or SNAP (i.e., food stamps, EBT) accepted here?

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[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

b. [img[741001_image_2.png|]]

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No


PRICES

18. Cheapest cigarette pack

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19. Newport menthol

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(regular hard pack)

20. Blu disposable e-cigarette

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(menthol)

a. Sold here?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[if cigarettes not sold here, skip to Q.20]

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

b. Enter single pack/item price:

$_ _._ _

$_ _._ _

$_ _._ _

c. Sales tax included?

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

[ ] 1 Yes

[ ] 0 No

d. How was the price obtained?

[ ] 1 Cashier provided price

[ ] 2 Advertised price

[ ] 0 Unable to determine (e.g., only cartons sold)

[ ] 1 Cashier provided price

[ ] 2 Advertised price

[ ] 0 Sold here but price unavailable

[ ] 1 Cashier provided price

[ ] 2 Advertised price

[ ] 0 Sold here but price unavailable

Personnel and Training Required

See "Specific Instructions."

Equipment Needs

None.

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Not applicable

Specific Instructions:

The Working Group (WG) recommends that Toolkit users refer to the Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) training PowerPoint when selecting this measure. The training PowerPoint document can be found at either the website for the National Cancer Institute’s State and Community Tobacco Control Initiative or the Store Assessment Tools section of the Counter Tobacco website.

The WG recommends that when investigators are asking questions about e-cigarettes or electronic smoking devices, they consider providing study participants with specific examples of devices of interest and clarify which attributes. For instance, do they care about all types of electronic smoking devices or just some of them (e.g., tank systems, vapor pens, vapes, e‑hookah, e-cigars)? Do they care whether they are disposable or rechargeable devices and whether they contain nicotine, do not contain nicotine, or either? As new products emerge, investigators should consider their inclusion as well.

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

June 24, 2015

Definition

A surveillance instrument for observational measures of point-of-sale tobacco marketing, including product availability, advertising, promotions, and price.

Purpose

The purpose of this measure is to conduct systematic observations of tobacco marketing at the point of sale in order to assess the availability of tobacco products, as well as advertising, promotions, and prices.

Selection Rationale

The Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) survey is a user-friendly protocol comprising reliable measures used in prior store-observation studies. It was developed for the National Cancer Institute’s State and Community Tobacco Control Initiative by the Retail Environment Working Group, with additional support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemiology Branch. The tool was developed through a collaboration of public health departments, researchers, public health attorneys, federal partners, and tobacco-control advocacy organizations. STARS was designed for practitioners to inform state and local tobacco control policies for the point of sale. The survey was designed for use by self-trained youth and adults. It was selected because of its reliability, user-friendly format, and short completion time. The survey was pilot tested in six states at approximately 500 stores and should take, on average, 9-10 minutes to complete.

Language

English

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)Tobacco Retail Environment Standardized Assessment Assessment Text4884775CDE Browser

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS) survey, Version 1.0. (2014).

Download STARS at the National Cancer Institute’s State and Community Tobacco Control Initiative website or the Store Assessment Tools section of the Counter Tobacco website.

General References

None

Protocol ID:

741001

Variables:

Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Visit_DatePX741001010100What is the date of the visit?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Visit_StarttimePX741001010200What is the start time of the visit?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Visit_EndtimePX741001010300What is the end time of the visit?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Coder_NamePX741001020000What is the name/ID of the coder?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_NamePX741001030100What is the name/ID of the store?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_NamematchPX741001030200Does the store name match the assigned name?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_AddressPX741001040100What is the store address?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_AddressmatchPX741001040200Does the actual address match the assigned address4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_SurveyPX741001050100Can you survey the store? If not, then select an option below and STOP.4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_SurveyOtherPX741001050200Can you survey the store? If not, then select an option below and STOP.4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Advertising_CigarettesnonmentholPX741001060100Which products are advertised outside the store (on windows/doors, building, sidewalk, or elsewhere)? Cigarettes - non-menthol4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Advertising_CigarettesmentholPX741001060200Which products are advertised outside the store (on windows/doors, building, sidewalk, or elsewhere)? Cigarettes - menthol4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Advertising_CigarillosPX741001060300Which products are advertised outside the store (on windows/doors, building, sidewalk, or elsewhere)? Cigarillos/little cigars4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Advertising_CigarsPX741001060400Which products are advertised outside the store (on windows/doors, building, sidewalk, or elsewhere)? Large cigars4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Advertising_SmokelessPX741001060500Which products are advertised outside the store (on windows/doors, building, sidewalk, or elsewhere)? Chew, moist or dry snuff, dip, or snus4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Advertising_EcigarettePX741001060600Which products are advertised outside the store (on windows/doors, building, sidewalk, or elsewhere)? E-cigarettes4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_TypePX741001070100What type of store is this?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_TypeOtherPX741001070201What type of store is this?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Store_TypeOtherValuePX741001070202What type of store is this?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Product_VisibilityPX741001080000Are any tobacco products sold here (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos/little cigars, chew, moist or dry snuff, dip, snus, or e-cigarettes)?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Pharmacy_PresencePX741001090000Does the store have a pharmacy counter?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Alcohol_SalesPX741001100000Is alcoholic beverages sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Health_WarningPX741001110000Does the store display a graphic health warning sign?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Sales_AnycigarettesPX741001120100Are any cigarettes sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Sales_MentholcigarettesPX741001120200Are menthol cigarettes sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Sales_CigaretteswithinPX741001120300Are any cigarettes (menthol or non-menthol) within 12 inches of toys, candy, gum, slushy/soda machines, or ice cream?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Advertisement_PlacementPX741001120400Is there a cigarette ad (menthol or non-menthol) within 3 feet of the floor?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Price_PromotionsPX741001120500Are there any cigarette price promotions?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Menthol_PromotionsPX741001120600Are there any menthol cigarette price promotions4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_CigarillosPX741001130100Are cigarillos/little cigars sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cigarillos_FlavoredPX741001130200Are flavored cigarillos/little cigars sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cigarillos_SinglesPX741001130300Are single cigarillos/little cigars sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cigarillos_OnedollarPX741001130400Are there cigarillos/little cigars advertised for less than $1?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cigarillos_PlacementPX741001130500Are there cigarillos/little cigars products within 12 inches of toys, candy, gum, slushy/soda machines, or ice cream?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cigarillos_AdPX741001130600Are there cigarillos/little cigars product ads within 3 feet of the floor?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cigarillos_SelfservicePX741001130700Are there cigarillos/little cigars self-service displays?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cigarillos_PromotionsPX741001130800Are there cigarillos/little cigars price promotions?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_LargecigarsPX741001140100Are large cigars sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Largecigars_FlavoredPX741001140200Are flavored large cigars sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Largecigars_PlacementPX741001140300Are there large cigars products within 12 inches of toys, candy, gum, slushy/soda machines, or ice cream?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Largecigars_AdPX741001140400Are there large cigars product ads within 3 feet of the floor?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Largecigars_SelfservicePX741001140500Are there large cigars self-service displays?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_SmokelessPX741001150100Are chew, moist/dry snuff, dip, or snus sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Smokeless_FlavoredPX741001150200Are flavored chew, moist/dry snuff, dip, or snus sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Ecigarette_AdPX741001160400Are there e-cigarettes product ads within 3 feet of the floor?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Ecigarette_SelfservicePX741001160500Are there e-cigarettes self-service displays?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Ecigarette_PromotionsPX741001160600Are there e-cigarettes price promotions?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Ecigarette_CrossproductPX741001160700Are there e-cigarettes cross-product promotions with cigarettes?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Foodstamps_WicPX741001170100Is WIC (i.e., food stamps, EBT) accepted here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Foodstamps_SnapPX741001170200Is SNAP (i.e., food stamps, EBT) accepted here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cheapest_SalesPX741001180100Is the cheapest cigarette pack sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cheapest_PricePX741001180200What is the price of the cheapest cigarette pack?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cheapest_SalestaxPX741001180300Is sales tax included in the price?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Cheapest_PricingPX741001180400How was the price obtained?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Newport_SalesPX741001190100Are Newport menthol cigarettes sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Newport_PricePX741001190200What is the price of a pack of Newport menthols?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Newport_SalestaxPX741001190300Is sales tax included in the price?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Newport_PricingPX741001190400How was the price obtained?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Blu_ecig_PricePX741001200100Are Blu disposable e-cigarettes sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Blu_ecig_PricingPX741001200200What is the price of a Blu disposable e-cigarette?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Blu_ecig_SalesPX741001200300Is sales tax included in the price?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Smokeless_PlacementPX741001150300Are there chew, moist/dry snuff, dip, or snus products within 12 inches of toys, candy, gum, slushy/soda machines, or ice cream?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Smokeless_AdPX741001150400Are there chew, moist/dry snuff, dip, or snus product ads within 3 feet of the floor?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Smokeless_PromotionsPX741001150500Are there chew, moist/dry snuff, dip, or snus price promotions?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Smokeless_CrossproductPX741001150600Are there chew, moist/dry snuff, dip, or snus cross-product promotions with cigarettes?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_EcigarettePX741001160100Are e-cigarettes sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Ecigarette_FlavoredPX741001160200Are flavored e-cigarettes sold here?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Ecigarette_PlacementPX741001160300Are there e-cigarettes products within 12 inches of toys, candy, gum, slushy/soda machines, or ice cream?4N/A
PX741001_Standardized_Tobaccoassessment_Retailsettings_Blu_ecig_SalestaxPX741001200400How was the price obtained?4N/A