Today CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is releasing a tobacco-related article online ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health entitled, “Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products: United States, 2015.”
Authors analyzed sales data from January 11, 2015 to December 12, 2015 from the Nielson Company for convenience stores; supermarkets, mass merchandisers; drug, club, and dollar stores; and Department of Defense commissaries and found that in 2015, almost all e-cigarette products sold in US Convenience stores and other assessed channels contained nicotine. This was the first study to use retail scanner data to assess demand for nicotine-containing e-cigarette products. The data did not include purchases from tobacco specialty shops, “vape shops,” or online sources.
These findings reinforce the importance of warning labels for nicotine-containing products, ingredient reporting, and restrictions on sales to minors specifically because nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction, can harm brain development, and could lead to sustained tobacco use.