An ounce of prevention
The general belief is that prevention is more successful than subsequent treatment. The difficulty smokers have with quitting testifies to the truth of that idea. Public health officials increasingly have focused on preventing the young from beginning to smoke, especially by banning the use of flavors, a “gateway” to nicotine dependence. There is a similar push now on to ban menthol in cigarettes to nudge adult smokers.
In 2018, San Francisco voters approved a ban on all flavored tobacco products, combustibles, and vaping products. A new study in JAMA Pediatrics provides some preliminary outcomes.