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Flavored Tobacco Policy Resources

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Why flavored tobacco is an important issue

Flavors play an important role in addicting youth and young adults to tobacco products. Flavored products are easier to start and more difficult to quit. While the Food and Drug Administration could remove flavored tobacco products, it has not taken action. However, not wanting to wait for federal action to protect their citizens, many states and localities across the country enacted restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products. This flavored tobacco resource center provides information that advances the science and shares the experiences of cities that took action to implement flavored tobacco policy restrictions and their impact.

The state of US flavor policies

Sales restrictions on all flavored tobacco products, including all types of menthol products, are gaining momentum at the local and state level. By the end of 2019, 274 localities placed restrictions on flavored tobacco products, and, of those, 88 have comprehensive bans on menthol products, which are sometimes exempted from flavor policies.

Flavors Policy Map September 2020

This resource presents a quarterly breakdown on the current state of U.S. jurisdictions with policies on flavored tobacco products.

*Updated September 2020

Our latest work on flavors

Truth Initiative focuses significant research, education and engagement efforts on flavored tobacco products, including developing reports and resources on the impact of these products, conducting prevention campaigns and community outreach and calling on the Food and Drug Administration to take needed actions to protect youth.

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Weak restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes lead to

Sales of menthol e-cigarettes increased by almost $60 million and its market

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What vape products are still allowed under the new

A new FDA policy on flavored e-cigarettes only prohibits flavors (including a

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Study highlights importance of strong local flavor

A new Truth Initiative study analyzing the strength and reach of local policies

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