Table 3

Retailer experience during implementation of the flavoured tobacco product restriction in Boston, Massachusetts (n=353)

Reasons why retailer was not in compliance* (n=51)
 Was not aware of policy23.9%
 Disagreed with the policy12.0%
 Distributor sent the products47.8%
 Did not know the product was in violation3772.5%
 Unable to sell down stock59.8%
 Do not know or other1835.3%
Resources that helped retailers comply with regulation* (n=352)
 Educational visit30185.5%
 Retailer FAQ154.3%
 Flavoured product Guidance List (FPGL)21962.2%
 Information from my distributor(s)228.7%
 None of the above82.3%
 Do not know349.7%
Challenges with compliance experienced in first 6 months after regulation* (n=326)
 Did not have enough time to sell down stock9729.8%
 Distributor would not take back all of my flavoured products11635.6%
 Did not know which products I could or could not sell11234.4%
 Do not know16249.7%
What was done with shelf space previously occupied with flavoured tobacco products* (n=346)
 Began carrying more or new non-flavoured tobacco products24370.2%
 Replaced with other non-tobacco products4513.0%
 Left space vacant246.9%
 Do not know349.8%
What the distributor did regarding flavoured tobacco products* (n=343)
 Provided a product list of non-flavoured products that can be sold6920.1%
 Continue to promote and encourage me to sell products on the FPGL61.7%
 Actively promote and encourage me to carry new flavoured products not yet on the FPGL41.2%
 Do not know18453.6%
Distributor(s) changed retailer contracts (n=191)
In the past week, how often did customers come in and ask to purchase flavoured tobacco products on the FPGL (this does not include sweet or menthol-flavoured products)? (n=353)
 A few times a day11632.9%
 A few times a week12936.5%
 Not at all9727.5%
 Do not know113.1%
  • Retailers may not have answered every question asked during the follow-up data collection period. N’s represent the number of retailers who answered that particular survey question. Answers were drawn only from retailers part of the final analytic sample (n=353).

  • *Survey respondents had the option to choose multiple responses. Per cents do not add up to 100%.