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An interesting place to start envisioning what the nicotine market could look like in the future is to look at how we can use regulations when dealing with products that are harmful and their less harmful competition. This process is explained clearly in the 2022 paper by Alex Liber, PhD, "Using Regulatory Stances to See All the Commercial Determinants of Health." Dr. Liber created a thread on Twitter explaining the concept.

2023: The Compassion Club: A New Proposal for Transformation of Tobacco Retail

  • Compassion clubs are a model for distributing psychoactive substances that focus on harm reduction and social support rather than profit. There has been little discussion about the possibility that this promising model could be applied to help transform the tobacco industry. Many independent vape stores already demonstrate aspects of the compassion club model that could be used to support a transition.
  • Citation: Raven Starr, MSW, Kim Murray, Michael Chaiton, PhD, The Compassion Club: A New Proposal for Transformation of Tobacco Retail, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2023, ntac295, https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntac295

2022: A Proposed Policy Agenda For Electronic Cigarettes In The US: Product, Price, Place, And Promotion

  • Combined, thoughtful product, price, place, and promotion policies could combat youth e-cigarette use and adult smoking simultaneously and synergistically.
  • Today’s e-cigarette regulation battles are complex. Through compromises within the public health community, however, these battles can be fought to a conclusion that benefits the health of the public... Our fondest hope is that the public health community will unite again and fight for a set of policies that, through measured compromise, will both reduce the use of e-cigarettes by youth and increase adult smoking cessation.
  • Citation: A Proposed Policy Agenda For Electronic Cigarettes In The US: Product, Price, Place, And Promotion, Kenneth E. Warner, Karalyn A. Kiessling, Clifford E. Douglas, and Alex C. Liber, Health Affairs 2022 41:9, 1299-1306

2018: Vape Club: Exploring Non-Profit Regulatory Models for the Supply of Vaporised Nicotine Products

  • We explored whether two different non-profit models (the private club model and the Australian TGA SAS) could be used to provide access to VNPs for smokers who could benefit from switching to a less harmful alternative to cigarettes in countries that currently ban their sale, possession, and use... Furthermore, neither of these models are ideal for distributing VNPs if the goal is to compete with, and replace, STPs unless similar restrictions were also placed on STPs. Thus, their impact on smoking prevalence may be limited unless regulation of both VNPs and STPs are considered and reformed in tandem.
  • Citation: Gartner C, Bromberg M, Musgrove T, Luong K. Vape Club: Exploring Non-Profit Regulatory Models for the Supply of Vaporised Nicotine Products. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Aug 14;15(8):1744. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15081744. PMID: 30110903; PMCID: PMC6121462.

2005: Transforming the tobacco market: why the supply of cigarettes should be transferred from for-profit corporations to non-profit enterprises with a public health mandate

  • This paper expands recent proposals for a regulated market model to manage the distribution of cigarettes by proposing that the tobacco market be transformed from one controlled by for-profit business corporations that have a mandate to sell more cigarettes to one managed by other businesses.
  • Callard C, Thompson D, Collishaw N. Transforming the tobacco market: why the supply of cigarettes should be transferred from for-profit corporations to non-profit enterprises with a public health mandate. Tob Control. 2005 Aug;14(4):278-83. doi: 10.1136/tc.2005.011353. PMID: 16046692; PMCID: PMC1748051.