A synthesis of local cigar pack policies in the US

Jessica L. King Jensen, Cristine D. Delnevo, Julie W. Merten, Brooke Torton, Sunday Azagba

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Communities have adopted cigar pack policies to eliminate inexpensive, small packs from being sold and reduce youth use. Still, it is unclear how widespread these policies are and whether they differ based on specific policy components. This study identified and measured local cigar pack size and price policies in the US. We used a systematic 14-step process to identify, obtain, and code local cigar pack policies, including pack size and pricing. Between January and July 2021, we identified 299 local cigar pack policies in the US. Policies were (1) identified through municipal code review and requests to state tobacco control representatives, (2) obtained online or from municipality representatives, and (3) double-coded for minimum pack size, minimum price, adopted/effective/enforcement dates, cigar definitions, differences in pack size/price by cigar type, price adjustments, whether the price is before discounts, policy exclusions, and enforcement. We identified 259 municipalities with cigar pack policies, 40 of which amended the pack size or price requirements after initial adoption, resulting in 299 policies. Policies specified eight different pack size requirements ranging from 2 to 25; most prevalent were minimums of 2 (n = 116, 39.2%) and 4 (n = 67, 22.6%). Minimum prices ranged from $0.35 to $10.00 per cigar. Exclusions included cigars priced above a specified amount (n = 225, 76.0%; $2.01-$10.00) and cigars sold at adult-only or tobacco retailers (n = 45, 15.2%). This is the first comprehensive synthesis of cigar pack size and price policies within the US. Policies vary widely both between and within states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101865
JournalPreventive Medicine Reports
StatePublished - Aug 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Informatics


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