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Relative increases in direct-to-consumer menthol ads following 2020 FDA guidance on flavoured e-cigarettes


Objective To examine potential changes in email and direct mail advertisements for flavoured e-cigarettes following the 2020 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) flavour guidance.

Methods Digital copies of e-cigarette advertisements were obtained from Mintel Comperemedia (November 2019–May 2020) and coded for the presence of flavours. Χ2 tests were used to determine changes in the prevalence of email and direct mail advertisements for e-cigarettes with menthol, non-menthol and no flavours.

Results Following FDA guidance, the relative proportion of menthol-flavoured e-cigarette advertisements sent via email significantly increased from 22.5% to 52.2%. No changes were found for e-cigarette advertisements mentioning no flavours, nor non-menthol-flavoured e-cigarettes, sent via email or direct mail.

Conclusions The 2020 FDA flavour guidance was followed by an increased proportion of direct-to-consumer email advertisements of menthol-flavoured e-cigarette products.

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