Availability and advertising of electronic cigarettes in two Russian cities following implementation of comprehensive tobacco advertising restrictions

Lisa P. Lagasse, Ashley S. Grant, Marela Kay R. Minosa, Ryan D. Kennedy, Joanna E. Cohen

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INTRODUCTION Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) continue to gain popularity globally. Jurisdictions with comprehensive tobacco control policies, which limit the use and availability of combustible tobacco products but do not regulate e-cigarettes (as in Russia), may be vulnerable to the expansion of the e-cigarette market. METHODS Using McNemar's test conducted in STATA, this observational study assessed changes between 2014 and 2016 in the availability of e-cigarettes across 239 retail outlets in Moscow and St Petersburg. Also, this study characterized the presence of retail advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes in 2016. RESULTS Between 2014 and 2016, the availability and display of e-cigarettes increased within traditional tobacco product retail venues (27.6% in 2014 vs 51.9% in 2016; p<0.01). CONCLUSIONS Observations indicate that there has been an increase in the proportion of retailers selling and displaying e-cigarettes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
JournalTobacco Induced Diseases
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020



  • Advertising and promotion
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Russia
  • Surveillance
  • Tobacco control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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