Public Health Benefits of a Ban on the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products in Maine

This Fact Sheet was written by Frank Chaloupka. The fact sheet discusses the potential public health benefits of ending the sale of flavored tobacco products in Maine. Ending the sale of flavored tobacco products would reduce tobacco use initiation, lead current tobacco users to quit, reduce tobacco-attributable deaths, and significantly decrease health care costs. The projection results are conservative since they do not include the benefits achieved by preventing youth in Maine from becoming users. Modeling the impact of the ban in the state of Maine, the author demonstrates the policy's significant positive effect on public health.