A new study in the journal Tobacco Control finds that menthol sales restrictions in four Minnesota cities were effective in reducing the availability and marketing of flavored tobacco products. Mike Sheldon with ClearWay Minnesota says it’s significant because…

“It has really been an ongoing fight to make sure that this piece is included in a lot of policies because we know that it is important especially for the Africa-American community, for youth, for the LGBTQ community–these are all places and communities that have been targeted for a long time by menthol cigarettes.”

The study compared the availability of menthol-flavored commercial tobacco products and menthol marketing materials in multiple stores approximately two months before and after policy implementation in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Falcon Heights. In 2017 and 2018, the four Minnesota cities were among the first in the country to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only stores.