Flavored Tobacco Regulation

The flavored tobacco product restriction is focused on limiting youth access and exposure to flavored tobacco products. This regulation limits the sale of flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes, including cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, to adult-only retail tobacco stores. Currently, these products are widely available at corner stores and other retailers that youth frequent. They are often displayed at the checkout counter next to the candy, and are affordably priced.

This regulation protects youth from the harmful tactics tobacco companies use to hook young people on nicotine. Flavored tobacco products are considered by the U.S Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Surgeon General to be “starter” products that aid in the establishment of smoking patterns for youth and can lead to a long-term addiction. 1

Federal law prohibits the sale of flavored cigarettes, a prohibition established because tobacco companies were marketing flavored cigarettes specifically to minors, who were more likely to have tried these products than older smokers. 2, 3

Sources:
  1. Food and Drug Administration. 2011. Fact Sheet: Flavored Tobacco Products, www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/ProtectingKidsfromTobacco/FlavoredTobacco/UCM183214. pdf; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2012. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, p. 539, www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/preventing-youth-tobacco-use/full-report.pdf.
  2. Carpenter CM, Wayne GF, Pauly JL, et al. 2005. “New Cigarette Brands with Flavors that Appeal to Youth: Tobacco Marketing Strategies.” Health Affairs. 24(6): 1601–1610; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2012. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, p. 539, www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/preventing-youth-tobacco-use/full-report.pdf.
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2012. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, p. 539, www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/preventing-youth-tobacco-use/full-report.pdf.