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Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products: United States, 2015.

Friday, April 14, 2017  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Kristy L. Marynak, Doris G. Gammon, Todd Rogers, Ellen M. Coats, Tushar Singh, and
Brian A. King.
Sales of Nicotine-Containing Electronic Cigarette Products: United States, 2015.
Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print March 21, 2017: e1–e4. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303660
To assess the proportion of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the United States that  contain nicotine according to retail scanner data.  We obtained unit sales data from January 11, 2015, to December 12, 2015, from The Nielsen Company for convenience stores; supermarkets; mass merchandisers; drug, club, and dollar stores; and Department of Defense commissaries. The data did not include purchases from tobacco specialty shops, “vape shops,” or online sources. Nicotine content was assessed by product type (disposables, rechargeables, and refills), region, andflavor status based on nicotine strength listed in the Universal Product Codes. For the 36.7% of entries lacking nicotine content information, we conducted Internet searches by brand, product, and flavor. Results. In 2015, 99.0% of e-cigarette products sold contained nicotine, including 99.0% of disposables, 99.7% of rechargeables, and 98.8% of refills. Overall, 98.7% of flavored e-cigarette products and 99.4% of nonflavored e-cigarette products contained nicotine. In 2015, almost all e-cigarette products sold in US convenience stores and other assessed channels contained nicotine. Findings reinforce the importance of warning labels for nicotine-containing products, ingredient reporting, and restrictions on sales to minors.

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