US study: Massachusetts menthol ban reduces cigarette sales

In the presence of a menthol ban, the combined consumption of menthol and non-menthol cigarettes would decrease by 15% by 2026.

Titled “Association of Cigarette Sales With Comprehensive Menthol Flavor Ban in Massachusetts,” the study reported that sales of all cigarettes in Massachusetts declined by up to 33% after the flavored cigarette ban went into effect. with menthol.

During the same period reported by the study, cigarette sales in 33 states that did not implement menthol flavor bans fell 8%, while sales of menthol-flavored cigarettes declined. by 3%, the researchers said. “We are learning from Massachusetts that a ban on menthol flavor effectively reduces both menthol and overall cigarette sales,” study co-author Samuel Asare said as quoted by UPI.

Supporting this data, a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan has found that banning menthol-flavored cigarettes could reduce smoking by encouraging many smokers to quit or switch to menthol-based products. less harmful nicotine base. Published in BMJ’s Tobacco Control, the study concluded that a ban on menthol would prevent 16,250 tobacco-related deaths per year by 2060.

“This work is the culmination of a series of sequential projects aimed at assessing the impact that a menthol ban could have on smoking, tobacco consumption and downstream health effects,” said the Study author Rafael Meza, professor of epidemiology at UM School of Medicine. Public health. “Our results show that a menthol ban could lead to significant health gains and underscore the urgency of final approval and implementation of the ban.”

The findings were based on data analysis and computer modeling infrastructure compiled as part of the Tobacco Regulatory Evaluation Center. The research team used the Smoking and Vaping Model, a simulation model they had previously developed to study smoking and vaping behavior with respect to menthol and non-menthol cigarettes.

11 million years of life could be gained

They found that in the presence of a menthol ban, the combined consumption of menthol and non-menthol cigarettes would drop by 15% by 2026. Deaths from smoking and vaping are estimated to drop by about 5% and the years of life lost by 8.8%, which translates into 16,250 deaths per year avoided and 11 million years of life gained (nearly 300,000 per year) over a 40-year period.

“Recent evidence shows that a ban on menthol would likely increase smoking cessation, with more limited evidence of reduced smoking initiation and switching from smoking to other products like e-cigarettes,” said said the study’s lead author, David Levy, a professor of oncology at Georgetown University.

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