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Online Sales of Flavored Tobacco Have Boomed Since California Banned Retail Sales



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In 2022, a new law in California banned the sale of flavored tobacco products. Today, online sales of these products are booming. The law was intended to reverse a trend of children buying e-cigarettes and other products with “kid-friendly” flavors. 

Researchers at UC San Diego found that online shopping for e-cigarettes and vaping products increased significantly in the weeks after the new law went into effect. 

Online shopping queries for cigarettes were up 194% and 162% for vaping products. 

The researchers recommend that California’s law be amended to include e-commerce websites as retailers.