ABSTRACT: The US FDA announced its intention to ban menthol in cigarettes. However, information is needed on how a federal ban would affect population health. We conducted an expert elicitation to gauge the impact of a menthol cigarette and cigar ban in the US. We developed and pilot tested a questionnaire that focused on tobacco use transitions of current smokers (age 18-24 menthol, age 35-54 menthol, and age 35-54 non-menthol) and potential menthol smokers (age 12-24). Using a structured expert elicitation, we estimated mean net transitions under a ban from cigarette use to combustible tobacco product, smokeless tobacco, novel nicotine delivery product (NNDPs, such as e-cigarettes) use, or no tobacco use.
AUTHORS: David T Levy, Christopher J Cadham, Luz Maria Sanchez-Romero, Marie Knoll, Nargiz Travis, Zhe Yuan, Yameng Li, Ritesh Mistry, Clifford E Douglas, Jamie Tam, Aylin Sertkaya, Kenneth E Warner, Rafael Meza JOURNAL: Nicotine and tobacco research
POSTED: Tue Jun 08, 2021