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Research Letter
Health Care Policy and Law
May 2018

Association of Ontario’s Ban on Menthol Cigarettes With Smoking Behavior 1 Month After Implementation

Author Affiliations
  • 1Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 4Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(5):710-711. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8650

The province of Ontario, Canada, implemented a full menthol cigarette ban on January 1, 2017. To date, there has been no population-wide, systematic evaluation of the association of the implementation of a menthol ban with smoker behavior. Assessments of perceived behavioral responses to hypothetical menthol flavor bans are useful1; however, there is no guarantee that individuals will follow through with their planned behaviors. This study compares respondents’ planned behavior before the ban with actual behavior 1 month after the ban.