Potential Effects of a Ban on the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products in Washington, DC

This Fact Sheet was written by Frank J. Chaloupka. The fact sheet discusses the potential effects of ending the sale of flavored tobacco products in Washington, DC. Ending the sale of flavored tobacco products would reduce tobacco use initiation, lead current tobacco users to quit, improve health, and save lives. In addition to the public health impact, the policy would lead to significant reductions in health care spending (including MediCal spending) in the state and more-than-cover the modest decrease in tobacco tax revenues. Modeling the impact in Washington, DC, the author demonstrates the overall benefits that this policy would have.

A corresponding Report can be found here.