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The long-term supply of tobacco and nicotine: some goals, principles and policy implications
  1. George W Thomson1,
  2. Janet Hoek2,3,
  3. Louise Marsh4
  1. 1 Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand
  2. 2 Department of Marketing, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  3. 3 Department of Public Health, Wellington, New Zealand
  4. 4 Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Cancer Society Social and Behavioual Research Unit, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Dr George W Thomson, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand; george.thomson{at}


There is a growing literature on regulating the supply of tobacco products to achieve tobacco-free goals. This article suggests three goals and eight principles that could underpin regulatory approaches to the supply of tobacco and non-prescription nicotine products. The primary principles are that tobacco and nicotine products should not be seen as normal consumer products, should not be supplied for profit, and that the tax revenue from the supply of the products should first be used to reduce tobacco and nicotine use.

  • nicotine
  • public policy
  • tobacco industry

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  • Contributors GWT wrote the first draft. All authors commented on multiple drafts.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.