Brazilian smokers are ready for the ban on flavour additives in tobacco to be implemented
Kyriakos, C.N., Fong, G.T., Perez, C., Szklo, A., Driezen, P., Quah, A.C.K., Figueiredo, V., Filippidis, F. (2022). Brazilian smokers are ready for the ban on flavour additives in tobacco to be implemented. Preventive Medicine, 160, 107074. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107074
Brazil became the first country to approve a national policy to ban all flavour additives in all tobacco leaf products in 2012. However, as of February 2022, the policy remained to be implemented. Cross-sectional data come from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Brazil Wave 3 Survey among adult smokers (N = 1216) in 2016–2017. The majority of smokers supported a ban on menthol (56.0%; 95%CI: 51.7–60.2%) and a ban on all additives (61.7%; 57.5–65.8%), with no significant differences across sociodemographic groups in adjusted logistic regression models. More than half of menthol smokers reported they would either quit or reduce the amount they smoked if menthol cigarettes were banned. Findings suggest that there is support for Brazil's ban on flavour additives, which is a determinant of successful policy implemented. Continued delays will postpone an important measure with demonstrated public health gains.