Impact of Massachusetts' Statewide Sales Restriction on Flavored and Menthol Tobacco Products on Tobacco Sales in Massachusetts and Surrounding States, June 2020

Am J Public Health. 2022 Aug;112(8):1147-1150. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.306879.


In June 2020, Massachusetts implemented a first in the nation statewide law that restricts sales of menthol and other flavored tobacco. Since implementation, sales data indicate high retailer compliance. Drastic decreases were seen in sales of all flavored tobacco. Most neighboring states did not see increases in overall tobacco sales, although New Hampshire saw an initial increase in menthol sales, which was not sustained. We found that menthol restrictions are effective and that federal-level legislation is important, as some cross-border sales highlight. (Am J Public Health. 2022;112(8):1147-1150.

MeSH terms

  • Commerce
  • Flavoring Agents
  • Humans
  • Massachusetts
  • Menthol*
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco Products*


  • Flavoring Agents
  • Menthol