VA Alcohol Mapper Now Live!

As you may know, we have been working with Counter Tools to build an alcohol mapper like the original tobacco retailer mapper.  I’m happy to announce that it is now complete and available for use!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me!  Here is the link:   https://mapping.countertools.org/virginia_alcohol/.

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Counter Tools Webinar

An accurate retailer list is essential to collecting, analyzing and sharing data on tobacco retailers. Please join Counter Tools staff for a one-hour webinar on best practices for maintaining an up-to-date retailer list in Virginia POST.  Thursday, November 7th, 11:00am-noon. Register for the webinar by visiting http://bit.ly/VAweb-2 If you have any questions, feel free to contact…

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Counter Tool Webinar

Good Afternoon, For those who were not able to attend yesterday’s Counter Tools webinar on the Virginia Store Assessment Form,  the webinar recording can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/VAwebrec-1 The recording link is also stored in the Counter Tools shared folder (bit.ly/VAPOSTresources). Thanks so much! Colleen

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Free! Training Opportunity

From our partners at the Tobacco Control Program with VA Department of Health: You are cordially invited to attend the Northwest Virginia Tobacco Control and Prevention Regional Meeting on Friday, November 8, 2019. The meeting will be held at Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be…

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Counter Tools Refresher Webinar

Please join Counter Tools staff on September 24th at 11:00 AM for a refresher on how to conduct observational assessments in tobacco retailer outlets using the Virginia Store Audit Form. This one-hour webinar will provide participants with an overview of the Virginia Store Audit Form, how to access it, tips for using the form successfully,…

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Tobacco 21 FAQs

July 1 is right around the corner which means the legal age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products increases to 21.  I’m sure you’ll be asked questions, if you haven’t already.  DBHDS created two FAQs for distribution.  One is specifically for retailers (landscape one) and the other is for the general population (portrait one).  Feel…

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URGENT! Counter ACT Materials

URGENT!  URGENT!  URGENT! Please immediately STOP distributing all Counter ACT materials!  We are six weeks away from the law change and distributing materials that say 18 (instead of 21) is only confusing retailers.  If you are trying to get ahead, feel free to conduct the assessments and let them know that you will be back…

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Agreements of Voluntary Compliance Snapshots

I wanted to pass along a great resource from the 2019 Tobacco Policy and Responsible Retailing Conference I attended last week.  This was graciously shared by Pennsylvania.  If you remember way back, I provided everyone with breakdown of the Agreement of Voluntary Compliance (AVCs).  Pennsylvania developed snapshots for each company that has signed on.  I…

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Finding Your Story with Data Webinar

On Wednesday May 22nd from 11am-12pm, join us for a webinar called Finding Your Story with Data in Virginia POST.   This webinar, hosted by Counter Tools, will focus on data in Virginia’s Point of Sale Toolkit (va.countertools.org) and how to use it to review trends, visualize your local efforts, and understand your retailer landscapes. This…

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