Restricting the Sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Flavors
Electronic nicotine delivery system use contributes to the epidemic of youth vaping. Regulations to curtail or prohibit the sale of flavored nicotine products aim to disrupt initiation of child nicotine use by reducing access to enticing nicotine flavorings. A total of 6 states and >300 localities have restricted or banned flavored nicotine product sales. In this case study, we outline the use of a localized town-based strategy, which offered 2 potential bills to incrementally restrict or prohibit sale of flavored vape products when county or state legislation was not politically feasible. Over the course of 18 months, these bills reduced the number of municipalities where these products could be sold or advertised until county, city, and statewide bans were effectively in place, ultimately making the passage of a bill in the statehouse palatable. Strong partnerships with officials who had expertise in local town government, local American Academy of Pediatrics chapter physician champions, and a diverse coalition were instrumental in motivating smaller governments, which often pass legislation faster than larger legislatures, to create child-protective tobacco policies.