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Flavored tobacco product restrictions in Massachusetts associated with reductions in adolescent cigarette and e-cigarette use

3/8/21--This study examines the associations between county-level flavored tobacco product restrictions, tobacco 21 policies and smoke-free laws prohibiting e-cigarettes with adolescent cigarette and e-cigarette use in Massachusetts, and to assess whether policy effects varied by age. Results indicate adolescents in Massachusetts decreased their use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in response to local restrictions that limited the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only retail tobacco stores. Read

E-cigarette-inclusive smoke-free policies, excise taxes, tobacco 21 and changes in youth e-cigarette use: 2017-2019

3/8/21--This study examined whether the implementation of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) policies at the state level (e-cigarette-inclusive smoke-free (ESF) policies, excise taxes on e-cigarettes and raising tobacco legal purchasing age to 21 years (T21)) affected recent upward trends in youth e-cigarette use. Results show state-level ESF and T21 policies could be effective for limiting growth of youth e-cigarette use despite an overall national increase. Higher e-cigarette excise tax rates may be needed to effectively reduce youth e-cigarette use. Read

Do JUUL and e-cigarette flavours change risk perceptions of adolescents?

2/21/21--A national survey was conducted in 2018 to examine 1610 high-school students aged 14–18 who had ever heard of either JUULs or e-cigarettes. It examined whether youth perceptions about the health risks of JUULs and e-cigarettes vary with flavours indicate that youths believe that flavours are related to the health risks of both JUULs and e-cigarettes despite the fact that these differences in risk by flavour have not been scientifically or systematically established. Read

At the speed of Juul: measuring the Twitter conversation to ENDS and Juul across space and time (2017 – 2018)

2/21/21--This study is the first to demonstrate the methodology for constructing county-specific exogenous measure of ENDS-related communication on Twitter and assessing its statistical fitness for use. Results indicate that Juul-related content grew exponentially on Twitter and spread across the entire country during the time when the brand was gaining market share. Read

Reactions to messages about smoking, vaping and COVID-19: two national experiments

11/23/20--Results of this study indicate that messages linking smoking with COVID-19 may hold promise for discouraging smoking and may have the added benefit of also discouraging vaping. Read

Online popularity of JUUL and Puff Bars in the USA: 2019–2020

11/4/20--The popularity of Puff Bar on Google Search suggests that users may replace cartridge-based vaping products with disposable e-cigarettes in the circumvention of the partial flavour ban. Continuous surveillance and further assessment are needed to prevent potential loopholes in tobacco regulation. Read

#PuffBar: how do top videos on TikTok portray Puff Bars?

9/21/20--The objective of this Industry Watch article is to describe how Puff Bar e-cigarettes, a leading disposable e-cigarette brand among youth,3 are portrayed on the popular Beijing-based video-sharing social media platform TikTok. The focuse was on TikTok specifically because 60% of the platform’s 26.5 million active users in the USA in 2019 were between the ages of 16 and 24.6. Read

Heated tobacco products: another tobacco industry global strategy to slow progress in tobacco control

9/12/18--There has been a global decline in tobacco consumption that, if continued, will negatively impact the tobacco industry’s profits. This decline led the industry to invent and market new products, including heated tobacco products (HTP). HTP are an extension of the industry’s strategies to undermine government’s tobacco regulatory efforts as they are being promoted as part of the solution for the tobacco epidemic. Read