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Flavoured, non-cigarette tobacco for sale in the USA: an inventory analysis of Internet retailers
  1. Daniel S Morris,
  2. Steven C Fiala
  1. Portland, Oregon, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel S Morris, 813 SW Alder St., Suite 800a, Portland, OR 97205, USA; danielmorrisphd{at}gmail.com

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Tobacco companies flavour their products in order to recruit new, younger users.1 Flavours like menthol, cherry, grape and chocolate mask the harshness of tobacco, making it easier to become addicted.2 These flavours also appeal to young tobacco users. In Maryland, about four in five underage cigar smokers smoke flavoured cigars.3 Nationally, 57% of young adult (ages 18–24) cigar smokers smoke flavoured cigars.4 Since 2009, menthol and tobacco are the only flavours allowed in cigarettes.5 As of March 2013 the federal government does not restrict flavours in tobacco products other than cigarettes, though federal courts recently upheld flavoured tobacco sales bans enacted in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island.6 ,7

To inform tobacco control efforts, we conducted this study of Internet tobacco retailers to describe the variety and flavours of tobacco products for sale in the USA. We identified …

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