Health Policy & Advocacy
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to CostAssistance Dogs Bring Big Boost to Deaf PeopleCDC to Toughen COVID Testing for International TravelersOld Spice, Secret Antiperspirants Recalled Due to BenzeneClinical Trials Are Becoming More Diverse, But There's Still Work To DoRural Hospitals' ERs Just as Effective as Urban Ones: StudyKraft Recalls Powdered Drinks Over Metal, Glass ConcernsVials Found in Lab Contained Vaccine, not Smallpox Virus: CDCAdvances in Care, Impact of COVID Highlights of Latest Cardiologists' MeetingAcross America, Black People Have Worse Health OutcomesVials With Smallpox Labels Found at Vaccine Lab in Pennsylvania: CDCWhite House to Spend Billions to Boost COVID Vaccine SupplyAHA News: Health Class May Influence Heart Risk in South AsiansPfizer COVID Pill to Be Made, Sold Cheaply in 95 Poor CountriesFederal Court Backs Stay on COVID Vaccine Mandate for Large BusinessesMore Than 2 Million COVID Home Test Kits Recalled Due to False Positive ResultsIn Canada, Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Had More Smokers QuittingOklahoma Supreme Courts Overturns $465 Million J & J Opioid RulingPandemic Puts 'Outdated' Infection Control Practices Under ScrutinyMillions of Tons of COVID Masks, Gloves Will End Up in OceansSales of Unproven, Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies Are BoomingCourt Temporarily Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Big BusinessesU.S. Reopens Borders to Vaccinated Foreign TravelersIt's Time to Replace Your Smoke Alarm BatteriesAHA News: How Doctors Can Help Their Patients Make Heart-Healthy Lifestyle ChangesWhite House Sets Jan. 4 Deadline for Large, Private U.S. Companies to Mandate VaccinesHepatitis B Shots Advised for All U.S. Adults Under 60Supply Chain Issues Bring Shortages of Drugs, Devices to U.S. HospitalsMedicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat ProposalWe've Been Here Before: How Polio Vaccine Rollout Saved Millions of Young LivesAlmost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per YearLanguage Can Make the Difference Between Home, Hospital Care: StudyAttorneys General Warn About Pot Products That Look Like Halloween TreatsCDC Lowers Threshold for Lead Poisoning in Youngest KidsStronger Breast Implant Safety Measures Announced by FDAWalmart Recalls Room Spray for Rare Bacteria That Sickened 4, Killing 2U.S. Gun Violence Rates Jumped 30% During PandemicMandates, Not Recommendations, Work Best to Get Folks Vaccinated: StudyU.S. Has Shared 200 Million Shots With Other CountriesLittle Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During PandemicWomen Doctors Face Higher Levels of Harassment, Frustration: SurveyEPA Plans New Strategy Against PFAS 'Forever Chemicals'State Spending on Poverty Really Pays Off for Kids: StudyState Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination RatesVaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8Despite Pressures of Pandemic, U.S. Nursing School Enrollment ClimbsBiden Administration to Invest $100 Million to Ease Health Worker ShortageFDA Warns Against Using At-Home Dermal Filler 'Pens'Death Threats, Trolling Common for Scientists Who Speak to Media About COVID'Extreme Heat' Days Have Tripled Since 1980s, and More Are Coming
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Health Insurance
Healthcare

In Canada, Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Had More Smokers Quitting

HealthDay News
by By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Nov 10th 2021

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to know whether it should follow through on its proposed menthol cigarette ban, it need only look to Canada for an answer.

A new study finds that Canada's ban on menthol cigarettes seemed to drive more smokers to quit, with overall cigarette sales dipping after the law took hold.

Researchers found that after menthol ban went into effect, sales of those cigarettes took an unsurprising plunge. But there was also a reduction in overall cigarette sales, of just under 5%.

The findings suggest that the ban is having its intended effect, said lead researcher Michael Chaiton, of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and the University of Toronto.

In the United States, where menthol cigarettes are far more popular, a similar ban could have an even greater impact, Chaiton noted.

Last April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it would seek to ban menthol cigarettes, though no effective date was given and no action has yet been taken. Other flavored cigarettes were banned in 2009.

Tobacco companies add menthol to cigarettes because it has cooling properties and takes the edge off cigarette smoke's harshness.

"It makes the poison go down easier," explained Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy for the American Lung Association.

Public health advocates have long pushed for a menthol ban, citing the products as particularly insidious.

That's partly because they appeal to kids, and act as a "starter product," Sward said. And in the United States, she added, cigarette companies have spent decades targeting people of color in their menthol product marketing.

Sward, who was not involved in the new study, said it "provides valuable information" on what could happen if the United States follows through on a menthol cigarette ban.

"Cigarette sales went down across the board, and that's important," she said.

The findings were published Nov. 9 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Canada's national menthol ban went into effect in October 2017, though some provinces instituted their own prior to that.

The hope is that such measures will push more menthol smokers to finally quit. And previous research has suggested that's the case. However, a ban could also simply cause menthol smokers to switch to non-menthol cigarettes.

"That's the main question we were trying to address in this study," Chaiton said.

The researchers focused on the ban's impact on cigarette sales, using wholesale data reported by manufacturers to Canada's national health institute between 2010 and 2018.

They found that nationally, overall cigarette sales declined by 4.6% post-ban, versus the prior year. There were also sales declines within each province, though the figures varied widely.

Sward said she'd like to know more about the reasons for the variance among provinces. Were some taking additional measures that others were not?

"Removing menthol cigarettes from the market is a huge step forward," Sward said.

But it's also vital, she added, to ensure that smokers know how to access help to end their nicotine addiction. It's not clear from this study, Sward noted, what drove the decline in overall sales: Was it because menthol smokers were quitting?

A study earlier this year did find evidence of that. It found that after Canada's national ban took hold, more menthol smokers said they'd attempted to quit, versus non-menthol smokers.

The researchers on that study estimated that in the United States, where there are about 19 million menthol smokers, a ban could spur over 900,000 people to quit. That would include over 200,000 Black Americans.

"That would be a truly massive intervention," Chaiton said.

Sward said that smokers who want to quit can get free help from the government "quitlines" that operate in every U.S. state. It often takes several attempts before a smoker successfully quits. But they stand the best chance, Sward said, if they use the quitlines, or other counseling, along with one of the medications that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for smoking cessation.

More information

The American Lung Association has help for people who want to quit smoking.

SOURCES: Michael Chaiton, PhD, scientist, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Toronto, associate professor, University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto; Erika Sward, MA, assistant vice president of national advocacy, American Lung Association, Chicago; JAMA Network Open, Nov. 9, 2021, online




Facebook

Amazon Smile

 

Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  

Please contact HBH at 860-548-0101, option 2.

 


powered by centersite dot net