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New CDC Foundation Study Found Statewide Bans On Flavored E-Cigarettes Reduced Total Sales

By Fatma Romeh Ali, PhD and Elizabeth Seaman PhD, MHS

E-cigarettes continue to pose a significant public health challenge among young people. Due to a surge in youth e-cigarette use through 2019, followed by the national outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI), several U.S. states imposed restrictions on flavored e-cigarette sales. Most of these restrictions focused on prohibiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, commonly cited by youth as a product of preference.

Massachusetts was the first state to impose such restrictions, initially restricting the sale of all e-cigarettes before narrowing the policy in December 2019 to specifically target the sale of non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes. Since then, several other states including Rhode Island, New York and Washington also adopted statewide restrictions on the sale of non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes. The policy in Washington was in effect for 120 days.

A new study published today evaluates statewide policies restricting flavored e-cigarette sales in these four states from 2014–2020. Led by Dr. Fatma Romeh M. Ali of the CDC Foundation, the study compared e-cigarette sales in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington State (pre- and post-flavor restrictions) to sales in 35 states with no statewide flavored e-cigarette restrictions.

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