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Protocol - Compliance with Cigarette Packaging and Labeling Policies

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The National Cancer Institute’s U01 study "Maximizing State & Local Policies to Restrict Tobacco Marketing at Point of Sale" uses the "U01 Point of Sale: Pack Analysis Coding Training Manual" to provide guidance on the coding process for cigarette packs purchased during store audits. Data are collected on cigarette pack identifiers or product codes, general pack characteristics, tax stamps, promotions, and counterfeit packs.

Protocol:

Identifiers

1. Enter Coder Name:

2. Enter the ID on the pack

  • Write down the State, County and Store IDs.
  • Each pack should be labeled with a numeric code indicating the state, county and store where it was purchased. Packs are sorted into bags based on the state and county where they were purchased. Enter this information for "State." The answer choices pre-populated with the codes of the stores that were visited. Once you enter the "State," "County" will be limited to those choices that apply to the state you selected. "Store" is then limited in the same way.
  • IDs on the packs might have leading zeroes.
  • Use the list of State and County IDs in Appendix A to help you
  • If you cannot read the ID written on the pack or there is a discrepancy between the Pack State and/or County ID and the Bag State and/or County ID, stop coding and consult with the staff person assigned to resolve such issues.

3. Comments

  • Use this section to record if you had to consult about the ID or anything else of note.

Pack Characteristics

The next section focuses on general pack characteristics.

The diagram below will help you understand some terminology associated with a pack. The pack pictured is a "hard" pack.

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A "soft" pack doesn’t have a "flip-top" like a hard pack. Soft packs are easily folded or squished; they usually have exposed foil at the top sealed with a branded sticker. To distinguish between the "front" and "back" of a soft pack, pay attention to two things:

  1. 1) Surgeon General’s Warning
  2. 2) Brand name on the bottom of the pack

(SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAIL)

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1) Surgeon General’s Warning-when looking at the front of the pack, the Surgeon General’s warning will be on the left miter panel.

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2) Brand name on the bottom of the pack—when you lay the pack on its back (front side facing up), the brand name on the bottom will be right-side up.

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4. Brand (select the appropriate brand)

[ ] Marlboro®

[ ] Newport®

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

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Answer If Brand Marlboro® Is Selected

5. Marlboro® Variety

[ ] Marlboro® Reds

[ ] Marlboro® Red Label

[ ] Marlboro® 100s

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

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Answer if Brand Newport® is Selected

6. Newport® Variety

[ ] Newport® Greens

[ ] Newport® 100s

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

Answer if Brand Other (please specify) Is Selected

7. Other Brand Variety - Type the exact variety (ex. Camel No. 9 100’s)

8. Pack Type

[ ] Hard

[ ] Soft

  • Hard packs are made of a more durable material, have a flip top and generally keep their shape as cigarettes are removed from the pack. Soft packs are easily folded or squished; they usually have exposed foil at the top sealed with a branded sticker (See previous "Pack Characteristics" section).

Answer If Brand Newport® Is Selected

9. Does the word "Menthol" appear on the pack?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

10. Does the pack indicate that it is duty free? (Look for language like "US Tax Exempt", "Not for Sale in the U.S.," "Made for sale outside of U.S.," or "Made for sale in [Country X].")

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[ ] Yes (please write in the language on pack)

[ ] No

  • This could be on the front of the pack, a side panel, or somewhere else on the pack (e.g., tear tape)

11. Is there a health warning present on the pack?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

  • These warnings are usually located on the left miter panel of the pack
  • The Surgeon General’s warning DOES count as a health warning
  • DO NOT include a health warning on the tear tape

12. Which health warning is present?

(If it is a Surgeon General’s warning, make sure that the text matches exactly)

[ ] a. SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, and May Complicate Pregnancy.

[ ] b. SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.

[ ] c. SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Smoking by Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, and Low Birth Weight.

[ ] d. SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide.

[ ] e. Other, please copy or describe

  • Make sure the text of the warning matches EXACTLY-this includes spelling, word order, etc.
  • If it does not, select Other.

13. Comments specific to pack information?

  • This is a place to note any additional information or unusual aspects of the pack.
  • If the pack has any modified risk language, be sure to note it here (e.g. "light" "low tar"). This should be rare because modified risk language was outlawed in 2009.

Tax Stamps

The next section is about tax stamps. Tax stamps are issued by countries, states, counties, tribes and municipalities to show that a tax has been paid.

14. Tax stamp present?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No - If No Is Selected, Then Skip to Q38 Comments

  • Tax stamps are almost always found on the bottom of the pack. If a tax stamp is found elsewhere on the pack, note this in the comments section.
  • See the Tax Stamp Key for examples

15. Number of tax stamps present

[ ] 1

[ ] 2

[ ] 3

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

  • This is the total number of stamps on the pack-you should count whole AND partial stamps regardless of if you can determine the origin of the stamp.

16. What style of stamp is present?

[ ] Encrypted Stamp

[ ] Decal Stamp (onion skin paper)

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

  • Encrypted stamps use newer technology that makes counterfeiting more difficult. Right now only CA and MA use these stamps, but that could change in the future. Generally they are thicker, more like a sticker and less "flakey" than decal stamps.
  • Decal stamps are the most common type of tax stamp. They are applied by heat transfer to the pack and use "onion skin paper"-a thin transfer paper that can be flakey.

17. Indicate the origin of the tax stamps(s) (check all that apply)

[ ] U.S. State

[ ] U.S. Locality

[ ] Joint U.S. State-Locality

[ ] Joint U.S. Locality (e.g., County-Municipality)

[ ] U.S. Tribe

[ ] Foreign

[ ] Unidentifiable Stamp

[ ] Other (please specify, but as specific as possible)

  • Answer this question as if you had no context about where the pack was purchased. If you were to pick up this pack without any context, could you tell the origin?
  • U.S. Locality includes counties, cities, towns, municipalities, and jurisdictions

Answer If U.S. State OR Joint U.S. State-Locality Is Selected

18. Is the stamp whole or partial?

[ ] Whole

[ ] Partial

  • This question will be asked about each stamp type you select as being present on the pack.
  • A whole stamp can be completely read. It might be chipped or scratched in a few places, but overall is intact and can be read.
  • A partial stamp is chipped or scratched in a way that: (1) makes it harder to read the issuing agent’s name, (2) makes it hard to read the ID number, or (3) is missing a substantive amount (at least 1/3) of the stamp (this area does not have to be continuous, but in total about 1/3 or more of the stamp is missing).
  • A partial stamp is not necessarily illegible.

Answer If Partial Is Selected

19. How is the stamp partial? (Check all that apply)

[ ] Tax stamp origin is incomplete (i.e., state or country name)

[ ] ID number is incomplete

[ ] Substantive amount of the stamp is missing (1/3 or more)

  • Select in what way the stamp is partial. A partial stamp is chipped or scratched in a way that: (1) makes it harder to read the issuing agent’s name, (2) makes it hard to read the ID number, or (3) is missing a substantive amount (at least 1/3) of the stamp (this area does not have to be continuous, but in total about 1/3 or more of the stamp is missing).

20. Please write the U.S. state that issued the tax stamp.

21. Does the U.S. state stamp match the example in the key?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No (please describe)

  • Our tax stamp key includes a color example of each type of tax stamp that we have come across previously. You should check that the design, writing and color of the stamp on the pack matches the example in the key.
  • A note on color: Some states or localities change the color of their stamps periodically. The tax stamp colors are difficult to capture in a photo. Also some stamps are slightly transparent and take on the color of the pack underneath. You should mark "No" for this question if the color is obviously different (e.g., blue vs. yellow), but don’t get too caught up on differences in shade (bright vs. dark green). If you have questions or are unsure, stop coding and ask the staff person assigned to resolve such issues.
  • If the stamp is not on the key at all, select "No" and note this. Also write in the comments that we need to add this stamp.

Answer if U.S. Locality OR Joint U.S. Locality Is Selected

22. Is the stamp whole or partial?

[ ] Whole

[ ] Partial

  • Refer to Q18 for information

Answer if Partial Is Selected

23. How is the stamp partial? (Check all that apply)

[ ] Tax stamp origin is incomplete (i.e., state or country name)

[ ] ID number is incomplete

[ ] Substantive amount of the stamp is missing (1/3 or more)

  • Refer to Q19 for information

Answer if U.S. Locality OR Joint U.S. Locality OR Joint U.S. State-Locality Is Selected

24. Please select the U.S. locality that issued the tax stamp.

[ ] Chicago, Cook County

[ ] City of St. Louis

[ ] County of Cook

[ ] Cuyahoga, OH

[ ] Evanston, Cook County

[ ] Kansas City, MO

[ ] Madison County, AL

[ ] Mobile County, AL

[ ] New York City, NY

[ ] NVCTB, VA

[ ] Other (please specify on next page)

  • U.S. Locality includes counties, cities, towns, municipalities, and jurisdictions

25. Does the stamp match an example in the key?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No (please describe)

  • Refer to Q21 for information

If Q24 Select the locality Other Is Selected

26. Please specify the locality that issued the tax stamp.

  • Write in the locality as it appears on the stamp

Answer if U.S. Tribe Is Selected

27. Is the stamp whole or partial?

[ ] Whole

[ ] Partial

  • Refer to Q18 for information

Answer if Partial is Selected

28. How is the stamp partial? (Check all that apply)

[ ] Tax stamp origin is incomplete (i.e., state or country name)

[ ] ID number is incomplete

[ ] Substantive amount of the stamp is missing (1/3 or more)

  • Refer to Q19 for information

29. Please select the Tribe that issued the tax stamp.

[ ] Seneca (including Allegany and Cattaraugus)

[ ] Jemez

[ ] Pojoaque

[ ] Tuscarora

[ ] Poospatuck

[ ] Cherokee

[ ] Apalachee

[ ] Hurons

[ ] Unkechaug

[ ] Nevada Tribal

[ ] Oklahoma Tribal

[ ] Washington Tribal

[ ] Wisconsin Tribal

[ ] Other (please specify on next page)

30. Does the stamp match the example in the key?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No (please describe)

  • Refer to Q21 for information

If Q29 Select the tribe "Other" Is Selected

31. Please specify the U.S. Tribe that issued the tax stamp.

  • Write in the Tribe as it appears on the stamp

Answer If Foreign Is Selected

32. Is the foreign stamp whole or partial?

[ ] Whole

[ ] Partial

  • Refer to Q18 for information

Answer if Partial Is Selected

33. How is the stamp partial? (Check all that apply)

[ ] Tax stamp origin is incomplete (i.e., state or country name)

[ ] ID number is incomplete

[ ] Substantive amount of the stamp is missing (1/3 or more)

  • Refer to Q19 for information

34. Please write the country that issued the foreign tax stamp.

Answer if Unidentifiable Stamp Is Selected

35. How is the stamp unidentifiable?

[ ] Stamp is covered by another stamp

[ ] Tax stamp origin is incomplete or missing (in a way that makes it unreadable)

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

  • If a stamp is unidentifiable indicate why you are unable to identify the stamp
  • Remember to answer this question as if you had no context about where the pack was purchased. If you were to pick up this pack without any context, could you tell the origin?

Answer If Other Stamp Is Selected

36. Is the other stamp whole or partial?

[ ] Whole

[ ] Partial

  • Refer to Q18 for information

37. How is the stamp partial? (Check all that apply)

[ ] Tax stamp origin is incomplete (i.e., state or country name)

[ ] ID number is incomplete

[ ] Substantive amount of the stamp is missing (1/3 or more)

  • Refer to Q19 for information

38. Comments specific to tax stamps?

  • Note if a stamp is found anywhere other than the bottom of the pack
  • Be sure to note if there is a new tax stamp so that we can add it to the key.

Promotions

The next section is about promotions. A promotion is a marketing technique used to enhance customers’ interest to "buy now." You might typically think of promotions as "25 cents off" or "buy 1 get 1 free," which are commonly seen on tobacco products. Tobacco companies use other kinds of promotions as well, such as "enter to win a trip" or something of that ilk. It might also just be a branded graphic glued onto the front of the pack (to look new and different), without any price or prize promotion.

39. Is there a promotion present on the pack?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No - If No Is Selected, Then Skip to Q49 Comments

  • Some packs say "For special offers Marlboro.com" on the right miter panel-DO NOT count this as a promotion

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40. What type of promotion is present? (Check all that apply)

[ ] Onsert

[ ] Insert (Indicated by language on pack; Do not open)

[ ] Cellophane printing (not tear strip)

[ ] Tear Strip printing

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

Examples:

Promotions Type-Location

  • An onsert is a physically separate piece of advertising that is glued onto the pack before the pack is covered in cellophane

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  • An insert is a physically separate piece of advertising that is INSIDE of the pack. Do not open the pack. You would most likely be able to tell if there is an insert without opening it because the outside of the pack would say something like "coupon inside." Sometimes inserts exist but are not indicated on the outside. Do not worry about this here.

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  • Cellophane printing is part of the actual cellophane. This does not include printing on the tear strip.

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  • Tear Strip printing is a promotion printed on the tear strip.

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41. What is the promotion for? (Check all that apply)

[ ] Contest/Enter to win/Giveaway (non-tobacco product)

[ ] Special offer inside

[ ] Special Price (cents off)

[ ] Multi pack promotion (buy 1, get 1)

[ ] Product information (no price or prize promotion indicated)

[ ] Other tobacco product offer (e.g., $1 off Snus with cigarette purchase)

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

Examples

Promotions Type-Incentives

  • Contest/enter to win/giveaway: The packs promotes a non-tobacco product contest or giveaway, such as money, a trip, online music, or vague "prizes."

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  • Special offer inside: The pack vaguely says that there is some sort of special offer or promotion inside without listing any details.

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  • Special price (cents off): Words to look for include "special value," "special offer," "discount," "cents off," "reduced price," "save $," "sale price," "special promotion," or "promotional offer."

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  • Multi-pack promotion (e.g., buy 1, get 1): A multi-pack promotion is an offer for a discount on multiple packs. The idea is that the customer needs to buy more than one pack to get the discount. Look for words such as: "buy two get one free," "two for the price of one," "two-pack deal."

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  • Product information (no price prize promotion indicated): The pack has an added graphic or sticker, etc., meant to be eye-catching but without any price or prize promotion.

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  • Other tobacco product offer (e.g. $1 off Snus with cigarette purchase): The pack indicates that you will receive a free or discounted pack of another type of tobacco product. Only check this if the offer is for a different product than the item the promotion is on. (e.g., you bought cigarettes and the offer is for Snus). If it is for the same product this is a multi-pack promotion (see above).

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Answer if Q41 What is the promotion for? Contest/Enter to win/Give away Is Selected

42. What is the contest/enter to win/give away for? (check all that apply)

[ ] Music

[ ] Trip

[ ] Money

[ ] Prizes (vague)

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

43. Does the promotion direct you to a website, phone number or somewhere else? (check all that apply)

[ ] Website

[ ] Phone number

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

[ ] None

44. Is a promotion advertised on both sides of the pack or just one?

[ ] Front only

[ ] Back only

[ ] Front and back

  • Refer to the "Pack Characteristics" section of the manual to distinguish between the front and back of packs. Be especially careful with soft packs.
  • Tear tape promotions should be coded as front and back
  • This question is asking for information on the pack level, not about the individual types of promotions. For example, if there is an onsert on the front of the pack and cellophane printing on the back, select "Front and back." You would also select "Front and back" if the same promotion (e.g., a cellophane printing) is on both sides.

Promotions Type - Inserts

You will now open the pack. Be careful to follow the instructions in the training manual about opening packs.

Opening the Pack

Before you open the pack, note where the ID number is written.

VERY IMPORTANT: If the ID number is written on the top part of the cellophane, you must rewrite this ID number (be VERY careful to write it correctly and use a permanent marker) somewhere on the bottom half of the cellophane (which will remain on the pack) or on the pack itself. Remember to secure the bottom part of the cellophane to the pack with tape if necessary.

It is extremely important that all packs are clearly labeled with ID numbers!

To open the pack, peel off the tear tape first. This should release the top part of the cellophane and separate the tear tape from the pack. If the top part of the cellophane does not have a promotion on it, you may dispose of the top part of the cellophane. If it does have a promotion, be sure to replace the top and tape it back to the pack. The cellophane below the tear tape should stay on the pack. If it’s coming loose, use tape to secure the bottom half of the cellophane to the pack. Pay very close attention to the note above about ID numbers!

45. Is there an insert inside the pack?

[ ] Yes

[ ] No

  • Select Yes if there is an insert. This may or may not have been indicated on the outside of the pack.

46. Is the insert for a specific product? (check all that apply)

[ ] Cigarettes

[ ] Snus

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

[ ] Insert is not for a product

  • Usually an insert is a coupon for a specific product.

47. What type of promotion does the insert offer? (check all that apply)

[ ] Contest/Enter to win/Giveaway

[ ] Special price (cents off)

[ ] Multi-pack promotion (buy 1, get 1)

[ ] Product information (no price or prize promotion indicated)

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

  • See definitions of Promotion Types - Incentives

Answer If Contest/Enter to win/Giveaway Is Selected

48. What is the contest/enter to win/give away for? (check all that apply)

[ ] Music

[ ] Trip

[ ] Money

[ ] Prizes (vague)

[ ] Other (please specify) __________________

49. Comments specific to promotions?

  • Add any comments here.

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

Gloves and masks for handling tobacco products.

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualYes
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 this manual be used as a template. Investigators are advised to adapt to meet their specific research interests and needs. This template focuses on Marlboro® and Newport® cigarette packs only. The WG believes other cigarette pack brands may be included as well (e.g., Camel®, discount brands).

Prior to investigators using the below protocol, the WG recommends they will need to do the following:

  • Investigators should determine the number of cigarette packs to collect from the county or counties of interest. Investigators will need to mark each pack with the state, county, and store codes. State codes are provided in the table below (please note that Alaska and Hawaii are not included); however, if interested in states and counties not listed, investigators will need to determine those specific codes by accessing the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Codes for Counties and County Equivalent Entities at [slink[www.census.gov/geo/reference/codes/cou.html|www.census.gov/geo/reference/codes/cou.html]].

    State

    State Code

    County

    County Code

    Alabama

    01

    Baldwin

    003

    Alabama

    01

    St Clair

    115

    Arizona

    04

    Maricopa

    013

    Arizona

    04

    Pima

    019

    California

    06

    Alameda

    001

    California

    06

    Contra Costa

    013

    California

    06

    Los Angeles

    037

    California

    06

    Marin

    041

    California

    06

    Orange

    059

    California

    06

    Riverside

    065

    California

    06

    San Bernardino

    071

    California

    06

    San Diego

    073

    California

    06

    Santa Clara

    085

    California

    06

    Yolo

    113

    Colorado

    08

    El Paso

    041

    Colorado

    08

    Jefferson

    059

    Connecticut

    09

    Fairfield

    001

    Delaware

    10

    Sussex

    005

    Florida

    12

    Broward

    011

    Florida

    12

    Hillsborough

    057

    Florida

    12

    Indian River

    061

    Florida

    12

    Lake

    069

    Florida

    12

    Miami Dade

    086

    Florida

    12

    Orange

    095

    Georgia

    13

    Bibb

    021

    Georgia

    13

    Fulton

    121

    Georgia

    13

    Glynn

    127

    Georgia

    13

    Pike

    231

    Illinois

    17

    Cook

    031

    Illinois

    17

    Lee

    103

    Illinois

    17

    Peoria

    143

    Illinois

    17

    Sangamon

    167

    Indiana

    18

    Hendricks

    063

    Indiana

    18

    Lake

    089

    Iowa

    19

    Scott

    163

    Kansas

    20

    Lyon

    111

    Kentucky

    21

    Daviess

    059

    Louisiana

    22

    Allen

    003

    Maine

    23

    Hancock

    009

    Maryland

    24

    Montgomery

    031

    Maryland

    24

    Washington

    043

    Massachusetts

    25

    Bristol

    005

    Massachusetts

    25

    Middlesex

    017

    Michigan

    26

    Bay

    017

    Michigan

    26

    Huron

    063

    Michigan

    26

    Oakland

    125

    Michigan

    26

    St Clair

    147

    Minnesota

    27

    Washington

    163

    Mississippi

    28

    Lamar

    073

    Missouri

    29

    Boone

    019

    Missouri

    29

    St Louis City

    510

    Montana

    30

    Lewis Clark

    049

    Nebraska

    31

    Lancaster

    109

    New Jersey

    34

    Essex

    013

    New Jersey

    34

    Mercer

    021

    New Jersey

    34

    Middlesex

    023

    New Jersey

    34

    Morris

    027

    New Mexico

    35

    Chaves

    005

    New York

    36

    Dutchess

    027

    New York

    36

    New York

    061

    New York

    36

    Orange

    071

    New York

    36

    Suffolk

    103

    New York

    36

    Westchester

    119

    North Carolina

    37

    Durham

    063

    North Carolina

    37

    Mecklenburg

    119

    North Carolina

    37

    Rowan

    159

    Ohio

    39

    Licking

    089

    Ohio

    39

    Montgomery

    113

    Ohio

    39

    Portage

    133

    Oklahoma

    40

    Washington

    147

    Oregon

    41

    Deschutes

    017

    Pennsylvania

    42

    Allegheny

    003

    Pennsylvania

    42

    Bucks

    017

    Pennsylvania

    42

    Lehigh

    077

    Pennsylvania

    42

    Somerset

    111

    Rhode Island

    44

    Providence

    007

    South Carolina

    45

    Berkeley

    015

    South Carolina

    45

    Dillon

    033

    Tennessee

    47

    Gibson

    053

    Tennessee

    47

    Lauderdale

    097

    Texas

    48

    Bexar

    029

    Texas

    48

    Cameron

    061

    Texas

    48

    Denton

    121

    Texas

    48

    Harris

    201

    Texas

    48

    Hunt

    231

    Texas

    48

    Mitchell

    335

    Texas

    48

    Travis

    453

    Utah

    49

    Salt Lake

    035

    Virginia

    51

    Brunswick

    025

    Virginia

    51

    Fairfax

    059

    Virginia

    51

    Hanover

    085

    Washington

    53

    King

    033

    Washington

    53

    Okanogan

    047

    Wisconsin

    55

    Dane

    025

    Wisconsin

    55

    Dodge

    027

    Wisconsin

    55

    Milwaukee

    079

    Wyoming

    56

    Washakie

    043

  • Bag (i.e., Ziploc®) cigarette packs based on the county where they were purchased. The bag should then be labeled with the state and county. Make sure the state and county on the bag matches the state and county code on the packs. If the codes do not match, stop coding and consult with the staff person assigned to resolve such issues.
  • Before taking the packs out of the bags, it can be helpful to make note of how the packs are arranged. While the packs do not need to be reordered exactly, in some cases the way in which they are arranged is the only way they will all fit.
  • Avoid touching the tax stamps while coding. They easily flake off and crumble. If comments come up that apply to the whole county or are more general, record these thoughts and be sure to discuss them with the person assigned to resolve such issues.

Investigators should refer to the tax stamp key, found [alink[ASPiRE Pack Analysis_TAX STAMPS.docx|here]], when asking questions 14, 21, 25, and 30.

The WG recommends that investigators provide response options for question 24 based on the counties, cities, towns, municipalities, and jurisdictions of interest.

The WG recommends that investigators provide response options for question 29 based on the tribes of interest.

In addition, the WG recommends that investigators consider clearly defining "tobacco products" by noting whether that definition includes or excludes certain types of related products based on these criteria: products that are intended for human consumption; made or derived from tobacco; typically contain nicotine, but sometimes do not; and are not Food and Drug Administration-approved tobacco-cessation products.

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

August 7, 2015

Definition

This measure is used to gain an understanding of state and local government and retailer compliance with cigarette packaging and labeling policies.

Purpose

The purpose of this measure is to assess compliance with cigarette packaging and labeling policies at the state, county, and federal government and retailer level.

Selection Rationale

Tobacco product packaging is a key element of tobacco company marketing, and tobacco product regulations have targeted tobacco product packaging, limiting the use of various descriptors, requiring health warning labels, and more. Packs that are not compliant with these regulations either reflect industry noncompliance or illicit products.

Language

English

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)Tobacco Cigarette Package Label Policy Compliance Assessment Text4925671CDE Browser

Process and Review

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

Source

NCI U01 Maximizing State & Local Policies to Restrict Tobacco Marketing at Point of Sale Study: Point of Sale Pack Analysis Coding Training Manual. (2013).

General References

None

Protocol ID:

750201

Variables:

Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Identifier_Coder_NamePX750201010000Enter Coder Name:4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Identifier_PackId_StatePX750201020100Enter the state ID on the pack4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Identifier_PackId_CountyPX750201020200Enter the county ID on the pack4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Identifier_PackId_StorePX750201020300Enter the store ID on the pack4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Identifier_CommentsPX750201030000Use this section to record if you had to consult about the ID or anything else of note.4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_BrandPX750201040100What brand is the cigarettes?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_Brand_OtherPX750201040200What brand is the cigarettes?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_MarlboroVarietyPX750201050100What type of Marlboro¿¿¿¿ Variety?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_MarlboroVariety_OtherPX750201050200What type of Marlboro¿¿¿¿ Variety? Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_NewportVarietyPX750201060100What type of Newport¿¿¿¿ Variety?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_NewportVariety_OtherPX750201060200What type of Newport¿¿¿¿ Variety? Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_OtherBrandVarietyPX750201070000What type of Other Brand Variety?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_PackTypePX750201080000What is the pack type?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_MentholPX750201090000Does the word "Menthol" appear on the pack?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_Duty_NoPX750201100100Does the pack indicate that it is duty free? (Look for language like ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿US Tax Exempt¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Not for Sale in the U.S.,¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Made for sale outside of U.S.,¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ or ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Made for sale in [Country X].¿¿¿¿¿¿¿)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_Duty_YesPX750201100200Does the pack indicate that it is duty free? (Look for language like ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿US Tax Exempt¿¿¿¿¿¿¿, ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Not for Sale in the U.S.,¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Made for sale outside of U.S.,¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ or ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Made for sale in [Country X].¿¿¿¿¿¿¿) - Yes (please write in the language on pack)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_WhichWarningPX750201120100Which health warning is present?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_WhichWarning_OtherPX750201120200Which health warning is present? Other, please copy or describe ________________4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_PresentPX750201140000Is a tax stamp prseent?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_NumberPX750201150100What is the number of tax stamps present?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_Number_OtherPX750201150200What is the number of tax stamps present? Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_StylePX750201160100What style of stamp is present?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_Style_OtherPX750201160200What style of stamp is present? Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_OriginPX750201170100Indicate the origin of the tax stamps(s) (check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_Origin_OtherPX750201170200Indicate the origin of the tax stamps(s) (check all that apply): Other (please specify, but as specific as possible)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsState_WholePX750201180000Is the stamp whole or partial?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsState_PartialPX750201190000How is the stamp partial4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsState_StatePX750201200000Please write the US state that issued the tax stamp4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsState_State_MatchPX750201210100Does the US state stamp match the example in the key?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PackCharacteristics_HealthWarningPX750201110000Is there a health warning present on the pack?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsState_State_MatchNoPX750201210200Does the US state stamp match the example in the key? No (please describe)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsLocality_WholePX750201220000Is the stamp whole or partial?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsLocality_PartialPX750201230000How is the stamp partial4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsLocality_LocalityPX750201240100Please select the US locality that issued the tax stamp4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsLocality_Locality_OtherPX750201240200Please select the US locality that issued the tax stamp: Other (please specify on next page)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsLocality_MatchPX750201250100Does the stamp match an example in the key?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsLocality_Match_NoPX750201250200Does the stamp match an example in the key? No (please describe)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_SpecifyPX750201260000Please specify the locality that issued the tax stamp4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsTribe_WholePX750201270000Is the stamp whole or partial?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsTribal_PartialPX750201280000How is the stamp partial4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsTribe_TribesPX750201290100Please select the Tribe that issued the tax stamp4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsTribe_Tribes_OtherPX750201290200Please select the Tribe that issued the tax stamp: Other (please specify on next page)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsTribe_MatchPX750201300100Does the stamp match an example in the key?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsTribe_Match_NoPX750201300200Does the stamp match an example in the key? No (please describe)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsTribe_OtherPX750201310000Please specify the U.S. Tribe that issued the tax stamp.4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsForeign_WholePX750201320000Is the foreign stamp whole or partial?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsForeign_PartialPX750201330000How is the stamp partial4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsForeign_CountryPX750201340000Please write the country that issued the foreign tax stamp?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_UnidentifiablePX750201350100How is the stamp unidentifiable4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStamps_Unidentifiable_OtherPX750201350200How is the stamp unidentifiable? Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsOther_WholePX750201360000Is the other stamp whole or partial?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_TaxStampsOther_PartialPX750201370000How is the stamp partial4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_PromotionsPX750201390000Is there a promotion present on the pack?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_LocationPX750201400100What type of promotion is present? (Check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_Location_OtherPX750201400200What type of promotion is present? (Check all that apply): Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_PurposePX750201410100What is the promotion for? (Check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_Purpose_OtherPX750201410200What is the promotion for? (Check all that apply): Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_ContestPX750201420100What is the contest/enter to win/give away for? (check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_Contest_OtherPX750201420200What is the contest/enter to win/give away for? (check all that apply) Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_Contest_WebsitePX750201430100Does the promotion direct you to a website, phone number or somewhere else? (check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_Contest_WebsiteOtherPX750201430200Does the promotion direct you to a website, phone number or somewhere else? (check all that apply) Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_BothSidesPX750201440000Is a promotion advertised on both sides of the pack or just one?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_InsertPX750201450000Is there an insert inside the pack?4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_SpecificProductPX750201460100Is the insert for a specific product? (check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_SpecificProduct_OtherPX750201460200Is the insert for a specific product? (check all that apply) Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_TypePX750201470100What type of promotion does the insert offer? (check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_Type_OtherPX750201470200What type of promotion does the insert offer? (check all that apply) Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Contest_PurposePX750201480100What is the contest/enter to win/give away for? (check all that apply)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Contest_Purpose_OtherPX750201480200What is the contest/enter to win/give away for? (check all that apply) Other (please specify)4N/A
PX750201_PackagingLabeling_Compliance_Promotions_CommentsPX750201490000Add any comments here4N/A