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Hai V. Nguyen

School of Pharmacy
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Health Sciences Centre
St. John's, NL A1B 3V6
Canada

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Institutional Affiliation: Memorial University Newfoundland

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February 2020Intended and Unintended Effects of Banning Menthol Cigarettes
with Christopher Carpenter: w26811
Bans on menthol cigarettes have been recommended by the World Health Organization, adopted throughout the European Union, and proposed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), primarily due to concerns that menthol cigarettes enable youth smoking. Yet there is almost no direct evidence on their effects using real-world policy variation. We provide the first comprehensive evaluation of this policy by studying Canada where seven provinces banned menthol cigarettes prior to a nationwide menthol ban in 2018. Using provincial sales data, we show that menthol cigarette sales fell to zero immediately after menthol bans, with no meaningful effect on non-menthol sales. Survey data confirm that provincial menthol bans significantly reduced menthol cigarette smoking among both youths ...
 
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