18B.2 Advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes

Last updated: July 2021

Suggested citation: Greenhalgh, EM, & Scollo, MM. InDepth 18B: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). In Greenhalgh, EM, Scollo, MM and Winstanley, MH [editors]. Tobacco in Australia: Facts and issues. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria; 2021. Available from:  http://www.tobaccoinaustralia.org.au/chapter-18-harm-reduction/indepth-18b-e-cigarettes


A robust body of research1, 2 has concluded that tobacco companies have engaged in widespread marketing activity that exerts an influence on young people; exposure to such marketing and other portrayals of smoking in the media and popular culture causes smoking uptake.2 A growing body of research has been documenting similarly extensive marketing of e-cigarette products and exploring how it might affect use of e-cigarettes, particularly among young people and never smokers.

18B.2.1 Exposure to e-cigarette promotion

Even prior to major promotion by tobacco companies, a large proportion of people in the US were aware of the existence of e-cigarettes.3 Between 2009 and 2010, awareness doubled from 16.4% to 32.2%,4 and has continued to increase over time.5 Respondents in a study published in 2013 named television, word of mouth, and the Internet as their top three sources of information.3 E-cigarettes are widely promoted using a range of channels, including online through banner and video adverts and social media, print media, television, and in shops.6 Globally there were 75 news stories per day on the topic of e-cigarettes in 2018, compared with eight stories per day in 2013.7

Awareness of e-cigarette promotion has been particularly strong among young people. Between 2011 and 2013, exposure to television advertisements for e-cigarettes increased among US youth (aged 12-17) by 256%, and in young adults (aged 18-24) by 321%.8 Approximately seven in 10 US middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements in 2014.9 In 2016 in the US, exposure to e-cigarette advertising through various channels was highest for retail stores (68.0%), followed by the internet (40.6%), television (37.7%), and newspapers and magazines.10 One analysis highlighted a resurgence in e-cigarette TV advertising in the US since early 2019, following a lull in the two years prior, driven entirely by three major brands: blu (manufactured by Lorillard), JUUL (part-owned by Altria), and Vuse (manufactured by RJ Reynolds).11 Another study in the US found that adolescents and young adults had higher odds than older adults of exposure through television and digital marketing.12 Among US adults, common sources of awareness of JUUL were advertisements, news, and word-of-mouth.13

Research in the EU found that in 2014, about two in five EU citizens aged 15+ reported past year exposure to e-cigarette advertising. Exposure was higher among e-cigarette ever-users, current smokers and those with frequent access to the internet.14 In 2017, the ITC project found that most young people reported exposure to e-cigarette ads (Canada = 74%, England = 83%, US = 81%).15 In Canada, the percentage of youth surveyed who reported noticing e-cigarette promotions often or very often approximately doubled between 2017 and 2019.16

A small Australian study using a convenience sample found that in 2019, more than half (56%) of respondents reported exposure to e-cigarette advertisements on social media platforms. Although exposure was more likely among users of e-cigarettes, almost one-third of non-users reported exposure to e-cigarette advertising.17

18B.2.2 Expenditure on e-cigarette promotion

E-cigarette promotional spending has varied over time.18 Revenue spent on advertising of e-cigarettes in the US was estimated to have trebled between 2011 and 2012 (from $US6.4 million to $18.3 million) and reached $88.1 million in 2014.19 Almost 40% of this expenditure was attributed to Altria’s promotion of Markten.20  Vuse (R. J. Reynolds) spending on television marketing alone in 2015 and 2016 exceeded US$16 million. On the other hand, marketing expenditure for JUUL between 2015 and 2017 was relatively moderate, with its enormous growth attributed to a range of innovative and engaging campaigns on social media.21 Another analysis of e-cigarette advertising spending in the US found that it increased from $US59 million in 2013 to $US91 million in 2014, followed by a sharp decline to $US37 million in 2015. Spending shifted over time in terms of media channels and messaging, and also differed depending on the brands’ affiliations with the tobacco industry.22

Companies’ use of social media for promotion allows for lower costs and wide reach, particularly to young people.21, 23 Other strategies for reaching young people include advertising on youth-focused media channels. Following its launch in 2015, JUUL reportedly bought online advertisements on teen-focused websites for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Seventeen magazine.24 In 2019, Philip Morris International reportedly signed a $US6.5M sponsored content deal with Vice Media, which focuses on the 18- to 34-year-old market, to promote e-cigarettes.25

Other expenditure has focused on countering growing restrictions and combatting negative perceptions of e-cigarettes. In Canada in 2020, Imperial Tobacco Canada launched a campaign in major newspapers, and on billboards and websites that downplayed the risks of vaping and accused the media and anti-tobacco groups of intentionally spreading false information.26, 27 Also in 2020 it was reported that Philip Morris International paid News Corp Australia tens of thousands of dollars to run four online articles that were designed to look like science features, as part of an international campaign to lobby for weaker regulation.28 In response to public health concerns, JUUL announced a $30 million investment in 2018 to combat underage use. An analysis of this expenditure concluded that the campaign did not appear to be designed to educate or reach parents; rather, it targeted cities in the US where health organisations and legislative officials were launching investigations into JUUL.29

18B.2.3 Messages in e-cigarette advertising

E-cigarettes are frequently marketed as healthier, cheaper, more socially acceptable, and more amenable to use with indoor smoking restrictions in comparison with tobacco cigarettes. Despite limited evidence on their efficacy for this purpose, they are also frequently marketed as a useful cessation aid.30 Mass media campaigns sponsored by Public Health England early in 2019 have specifically referred to e-cigarettes as a useful cessation tool.31

An analysis of print advertisements in the US found that the advertisements typically implied use for harm reduction, or as a partial alternative to cigarettes (dual use) and often incorporated the theme of individuality, sociability, and sexuality. Particular demographics were targeted depending on the publication; for example, a blu ad in Rolling Stone magazine showed a shirtless man lying in bed next to an overweight, semi-naked woman with the words ‘no regrets’ boldly highlighted. In contrast, a blu ad in Us Weekly showed a stylish, attractive woman with the text: ‘Freedom never goes out of fashion… blu produces no tobacco smoke and no ash, only vapor, making it the ultimate accessory….Step out in style with blu.’32 An analysis of radio ads in the US found that references to ‘taste’ were the most popular, followed by highlighting benefits of using e-cigarettes, presence of music, and comparison to other brands.33 

Marketing efforts aimed at capturing a younger market involve promotion of innovative flavouring and highlighting the public performance of vaping.34 Celebrity endorsements, cartoons, flavours, and implications of increased social status may be particularly appealing to young people,35-39 and such forms of advertising have been likened to traditional cigarette advertising.36, 40-42 Adverts promote perceptions among children that e-cigarettes are fun, cool, healthier/safer than tobacco cigarettes, and can be used to circumvent smokefree policies.43, 44 Flavoured e-cigarette adverts may elicit greater appeal and interest in buying and trying e-cigarettes than ads for non-flavoured products.45 

18B.2.4 Forms of advertising and promotion

18B.2.4.1 Online advertising

The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes has been largely attributed to aggressive promotion over the Internet.46 E-cigarette Internet vendors have been actively engaged in various promotional activities to increase the appeal and presence of their products online. Regulation of this environment is particularly challenging, and has led to calls for targeted policy-making including robust age verification and restrictions on marketing and promotion.47 Researchers in the US have called for detailed reporting by e-cigarette marketers on e-cigarette marketing expenditure and sales in order to better understand skyrocketing popularity among young people.48, 49 Some have suggested that online sales of e-cigarettes be banned until there are adequate checks in place to prevent sales to minors.50

While cigarette websites generally require age-verified accounts for entry, one study found that the majority of e-cigarette websites required accounts only for making purchases.51 Several studies in New Zealand have also shown the large majority of online vendors do not require proof of age, and many do not mention health effects or addiction.52, 53 A survey in Melbourne found that 87 per cent of parents were worried that those under the age of 18 can easily buy e-cigarettes and liquids online.54 An analysis of e-cigarette retail websites found that almost all made explicit or implicit health-related claims—including many that featured doctors—and the majority had a smoking cessation-related claim.35 Such sites generally lack adequate information regarding nicotine and addiction, or potential health risks of using the products.52

18B. Social media and the use of social influencers

As with tobacco cigarettes (see Section 11.11), social media serves as a low-cost way for e-cigarette companies to target current and potential users. The promotion of products on social media is less expensive than traditional advertising venues, and can be difficult to monitor and regulate.21, 23 Recent years have seen a proliferation of e-cigarette advertisements and related content on YouTube,55 Facebook,56 Twitter,57 Instagram,58, 59 TikTok,60 Reddit,61 and Tinder.62 A recent analysis found that among 35 of the leading e-cigarette brands in the US, most had pages on at least two social media platforms. Brand pages rarely used age gating, did not display health warnings, and many showed images of young people and mentioned flavours.63 While exposure to e-cigarette marketing at the point of sale tends to reflect country-specific policies (i.e., is lower in countries that have stricter policies), exposure to e-cigarette advertisements on websites or social media does not appear to follow country-specific policies, highlighting the difficulty in regulating online marketing.64 An experiment in Australia found that, contrary to Facebook’s advertising policy, mock ads containing e-cigarettes were approved for targeted advertisement to 13-17-year-old users.65 Greater use of social media—where e-cigarette advertising is often focused—is associated with a greater risk for e-cigarette use among adolescents.66, 67

A review of e-cigarette messaging on social media found that the products were being promoted as safer, as a useful cessation aid, and for use where smoking is prohibited. Novel flavouring and the public performance of vaping were also common themes.34 A study of the promotional strategies employed on Twitter found that most Tweets emphasised the  relative affordability of e-cigarettes, and portrayed the products as ‘cool’.68 One analysis of YouTube ads found that messages likely to be appealing to young people, such as those promoting flavours and technological improvement, were present in about two-fifths of the videos,69 while another found that vape trick videos on YouTube (many of which were industry-sponsored) could be accessed by children.70 Similarly, e-cigarette marketing on Facebook can often be accessed by underage youth.56 Sales can also take place on social media, even in countries where the products are banned.71 One report found that retailers were using TikTok to advertise at no cost and to sell e-cigarettes to young people.72

An analysis of Twitter found that almost all tweets were commercial tweets, which largely promoted products and flavours.57 Several studies have found that most tweets about vaping are put out by robots,73-75 and that such tweets often promote misinformation about nicotine and e-cigarettes.74 In Australia, while the advertising of e-cigarettes is largely prohibited, several studies of Australian Twitter content have found that it largely does not reflect Australia’s precautionary stance. Instead, tweets often endorse and encourage e-cigarette use, minimise health risks, and call for less restrictive laws,76, 77 as well as portray the products as effective smoking cessation aids.78 One Australian study found that one in five tweets were business listings, and many posts were explicitly used to promote or sell the products.76 

Along with being a platform for e-cigarette advertisements from manufacturers and retailers,79 much of the social media content related to e-cigarettes is generated by e-cigarette users.80 While not necessarily endorsed by manufacturers, this content nevertheless provides free advertising for brands. Despite not having official brand accounts, as of August 2020, videos tagged #juulgang (content related to JUUL) had 548.9 million views, a 7% increase compared with three months earlier; #puffbar (related to Puff Bar) had 258.1 million views, a 136% increase; and #vuse (related to Vuse) had 1.3 million views, a 76% increase.60 Another study of ten of the most popular videos on TikTok portraying Puff Bars found that they had received millions of views. Most videos featured nicotine or addiction-related content and flavour, two included sale or promotional content, and two clearly portrayed underage youth.81 A study in 2018 noted the growing popularity of “smoking selfies” — photos posted on social media by models, actors and influencers of themselves smoking or vaping.82 People with large social media followings may also be paid to promote products under the guise of an objective review.83

JUUL’s enormous rise in sales worldwide since its launch in 2015 has been largely attributed to its efficient, low-cost marketing through Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.84 Recent years have seen a proliferation of JUUL-related posts on Instagram, many of which appeal to young people.58 One study found most JUUL followers on Twitter were predicted to be younger than the legal age to purchase e-cigarette products.85 JUUL-related content continued to increase even after US FDA's multiple interventions to curb promotions targeting minors.86 An investigation into JUUL Labs Inc.’s role in the ‘youth nicotine addiction epidemic’ found that JUUL recruited thousands of online ‘influencers’ to market to teens and had deliberately targeted children in order to become America’s largest seller of e-cigarettes.87, 88 Other companies have similarly used celebrities, models and influencers to promote their products.89 "Tagging" social media influencers and other companies or their products were popular promotional strategies used by KandyPen on Instagram.90 British American Tobacco (BAT),91-94 Imperial Brands,95 and Philip Morris International (PMI)96 have all marketed their e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products on social media using models and social influencers. In 2019, PMI suspended a global social media marketing campaign following a Reuters investigation into the company’s use of influencers.96 Four e-cigarette manufacturers, including BAT, have had Instagram posts promoting e-cigarettes using models and celebrities banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority.97

18B.2.4.2 Product placement

Product placement in film, television and music videos offers enormous reach for e-cigarette companies, particularly to young people, and can serve to normalise and glamorise e-cigarette use and associate it with aspirational celebrities. One study found that several official music videos from the Billboard Hot 100 featured e-cigarette product placement and imagery. Although such placement appeared in a relatively low number of videos, they had collectively received billions of views. Hip Hop videos were the most likely genre to include e-cigarette product placement, while the predominant theme of videos was Image/Lifestyle/Sociability.98 There are also many examples of characters in television shows99, 100 and movies101 using e-cigarettes.

Research in California found that young adults exposed to e-cigarette product placement or imagery in music videos were more likely to report ever and current use of e-cigarettes.102

18B.2.4.3 Discounts and giveaways

E-cigarette companies have utilised a range of giveaways, promotions and discounts in order to promote their products. A number of reports have detailed instances of e-cigarette companies offering free samples of their products to children.103, 104 In 2020, Vype (an e-cigarette owned by R. J. Reynolds) had 30 days of giveaways on its Instagram page, including prizes such as headphones, trainers and sunglasses.105 At a concert in Madrid in 2020, the front rows comprised influencers there to promote Glo, BAT’s heated tobacco product, as well as people who had won tickets via a lottery on Glo’s Instagram account.103 E-cigarette retailers have also reportedly offered college scholarships, which results in their brands being listed on university websites.106 NHS staff in the UK were reportedly ­offered vouchers for e-cigarettes by VPZ, which is partly funded by PMI and is the largest vape retailer in the UK.107 There are also reports of incentives for using e-cigarettes. Reviti life insurance – a subsidiary of PMI – offers discounts to smokers who switch to IQOS or e-cigarettes.108

E-cigarette vaping conventions provide opportunities for promotion of products and social networking among users. Attendance is generally free or low-cost, and can include: free food, drink, prizes, parties, and contests, as well as free samples of products. They also provide the opportunity for attendees to try a wide range of products before purchasing, and facilitate social interaction among e-cigarette users.109 Vapour cloud competitions and vaping trick shows (usually sponsored by e-cigarette manufacturers or industry associations) were often included in the conventions.110, 111

As with tobacco cigarettes, the pricing of e-cigarettes appears to play an important role in uptake and use (see Section 13.1). From 2012 through 2016, e-cigarette unit sales in the US generally increased as product prices decreased.112 Products have also been made more affordable to young people through the sale of disposable e-cigarettes.113 Another pricing strategy whereby pod devices such as JUUL and Vuse are provided cheaply or for free, but require ongoing purchasing of disposable device-specific pods, may have contributed to increased e-cigarette use among youth.114

18B.2.4.4 Sponsorships

An investigation into BAT found that it has been sponsoring music and sporting events around the world, including an F1 e-sports tournament that was streamed live on YouTube and could be watched by children.103 BAT has also sponsored a number of other car racing tournaments, promoting its ‘reduced risk’ products.115, 116 In 2019, the Victorian Government implemented a ban on advertisements for e-cigarettes ahead of Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island. The ban followed revelations that PMI and BAT had signed deals with Ferrari and McLaren to advertise e-cigarettes and other products at the Grand Prix and other motor sport events.117

18B.2.4.5 Product features

18B. Flavours that appeal to youth

The wide range of sweet flavours is one of the most commonly cited reasons for experimentation with e-cigarettes among children, along with curiosity.118-122 Young adults similarly cite curiosity123 and flavours124 as common reasons for initiating e-cigarette use. Flavoured e-cigarette adverts appear to elicit greater appeal and interest in buying and trying e-cigarettes than ads for non-flavoured products.45 The presence of flavouring and/or nicotine at the first e-cigarette exposure is associated with progression to current and more frequent e-cigarette use among adolescents,125-127 and can also decrease perceptions of harm.128, 129 Non-tobacco flavours may be particularly appealing to never smokers compared with smokers.130 Although such flavours have largely been banned in conventional cigarettes in Australia131-136 and the US137 mostly due to their appeal to children, and despite the high levels of toxic compounds found in flavoured e-cigarettes,138, 139 it was estimated in 2014 that there were over 7500 different flavours of e-liquid available.140 Given that flavours play an important role in increasing the appeal of products, limiting the availability and marketing of flavours may reduce appeal.141-143 

18B. Product designs and packaging

Along with advertising that appeals to children, e-cigarette manufacturers have been criticised for creating child-friendly packaging for e-cigarette products and liquids. In 2018, the FDA issued warnings to companies that had created nicotine-containing e-liquids that resembled juice boxes, lollies, and cookies. Many products also had cartoon characters on their labelling. Along with increasing the appeal of these products for use among adolescents, the FDA notes that many could be mistaken for food or beverage products by younger children, leading to increased poisonings.144 Recently there has also been a growth in products that facilitate inconspicuous e-cigarette use (known as ‘stealth vaping’), which aim to conceal the products and/or the exhaled vapour. Researchers have expressed concern that these products could appeal to adolescents as a way to hide e-cigarettes from their parents and teachers.145

Although nicotine-containing e-cigarette products are banned in Australia, there have been similar reports of non-nicotine e-liquids being sold in packaging that includes cartoon imagery and fruit and lolly flavours. Experts have called for stricter regulations on the marketing and sale of e-cigarette products, particularly online.146

Figure 18B.2.1 E-cigarette liquids purchased in NSW, Australia
Source: NSW Health


18B.2.4.6 Retail promotion and access

Like conventional cigarettes, the majority of in-person e-cigarette retailers are supermarkets, convenience stores and service stations. However, the number of specialist e-cigarette shops (’vape shops’) has grown in the US and UK, and in France, Belgium, and Switzerland vape shops serve as the main retail channel. Following the tobacco retail display ban in the UK, there were reports that some shop owners replaced closed tobacco cabinets with vaping stands.147 Following a ban on menthol cigarettes in the UK, PMI reportedly encouraged retailers to stock menthol HEETS – a heated tobacco alternative that was unaffected by the ban.148 In New Zealand, a 2017 analysis found that among e-cigarette retailers, products were visible at point of sale in almost all (89%) stores, including 15% with self-service displays and 15% with displays adjacent to children's products. Advertising was present in 31% of the outlets.149 A study in Israel found that heated tobacco products were placed near youth-oriented merchandise and in prominent locations easily seen by youth.150 Perceptions that e-cigarettes are easy to purchase predict use among young people.151

In Australia, there are a smaller number of speciality vape shops, and such stores are prohibited from selling nicotine products (see Section 18B.8). Some states have also included e-cigarettes in their tobacco retail licencing schemes, or introduced separate restrictions regarding the sale of e-cigarettes (see Table 2, Section 11.9). An evaluation of an e-cigarette retail licensing policy in Pennsylvania found that it was associated with a reduction in e-cigarette use among adolescents.152 

18B.2.5 Effects of e-cigarette advertising and promotion

There is increasing evidence of the effects of e-cigarette marketing on interest, trialling and regular use of e-cigarette products.

18B.2.5.1 Increases curiosity, appeal and intentions to use e-cigarettes

Young people exposed to e-cigarette adverts report more positive attitudes toward, greater curiosity about and higher intention to use the products,43, 44, 66, 153-156 as well as reductions in their perceptions of health risks of e-cigarette use.157, 158 Adverts promote perceptions among children that e-cigarettes are fun, cool, healthier/safer than tobacco cigarettes, and can be used to circumvent smokefree policies.43, 44 Outside of Australia (where such displays are banned), exposure to tobacco marketing in retail outlets may also increase adolescents’ willingness to use e-cigarettes.159-161 A study in the US found that exposure to e-cigarette ads at point-of-sale were associated with having greater odds of susceptibility toward and curiosity about e-cigarette use.162 Higher internet163 and social media66 use is associated with increased risk of using e-cigarettes among youth. The more likeable young people find advertisements the more likely they are to be willing to try e-cigarettes.164

Several experimental studies have shown an association between exposure to e-cigarette advertising and intention or desire to use an e-cigarette among young adults in the general population.165, 166 Among smokers, e-cigarette advertising appears to increase desire both to use e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes,167-169 and among ex-smokers, exposure to e-cigarette adverts can increase desire to smoke and weaken confidence in abstaining.170 Ads that imply that e-cigarette use can enhance one’s social life or self-image promote positive attitudes toward the products among young adult non-smokers.171

A study of smokers’ reactions to e-cigarette advertising has found that their interest in trying e-cigarettes is highest after viewing ads with messages about differences between regular and electronic cigarettes, such as claims about e-cigarettes’ lower cost, greater ‘healthfulness’ and utility for smoking cessation, as well as when they see advertisements showing someone actually using the product.172

18B.2.5.2 Increases use of e-cigarettes

Correlational160, 173-181 and longitudinal182-189 studies have also found an association between e-cigarette marketing exposure and greater use of e-cigarettes. Receptivity190 and exposure179 to tobacco and e-cigarette marketing is also correlated with dual use (i.e., use of multiple tobacco/e-cigarette products) among US adolescents.179

A study examining mediators of this relationship found that e-cigarette content on social media that promotes e-cigarettes as useful for improving mood and reducing stress may encourage experimentation. Content that promotes flavours and e-cigarettes as cleaner and more socially acceptable than cigarettes may escalate e-cigarette use among experimenters.191 

18B.2.5.3 Effects on use and perceptions of tobacco cigarettes

Some studies have not found evidence that exposure to e-cigarette adverts increases the appeal of tobacco smoking among children,45, 192 although such exposure may reduce the perceived harms of occasional tobacco smoking.192, 193 A longitudinal study in the US found that receptivity to e-cigarette marketing was associated with later conventional cigarette smoking,194 while research in Germany found that exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may increase the likelihood of initial use of e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and hookahs.195 Another US study found that e-cigarette advertising in addition to existing traditional tobacco advertising appears to be associated with the use of tobacco and nicotine products among adolescents.196 More frequent exposure to e-cigarette commercials may be associated with increased use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes among young people.185

18B.2.5.4 Targeting high-risk groups

Along with their marketing that targets youth, there have been reports of e-cigarette manufacturers explicitly targeting their marketing and promotion to other vulnerable groups. JUUL has allegedly directly marketed its products and offered discounts to Native American tribes.197, 198 Similarly, there is evidence in New Zealand that Philip Morris has targeted Māori199 and people living in poverty200 with its ‘reduced risk’ products. JUUL has also targeted its marketing to the US military and veteran population.201, 202

Research in the US found that uptake of e-cigarettes was associated with exposure to e-cigarette advertising among minority youth.203 Another US study found that Black and Asian people were far more likely than White people to trust e-cigarette companies with information about the health effects of e-cigarettes, highlighting the importance of considering racial and ethnic minorities in the development of public education campaigns.204    

18B.2.6 Effectiveness of advertising bans

E-cigarette manufacturers claim that advertising is necessary for providing information and supporting people who smoke to quit.205, 206 However, research suggests that exposure to any sort of e-cigarette advertising likely increases young people’s intent to initiate e-cigarette use,207 and that all advertisements contained at least some features attractive to youth.208

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in the US alleging that JUUL and other companies deliberately marketed e-cigarettes to teenagers. In response to concerns regarding the effects of e-cigarette advertising, particularly on young people, several countries have introduced bans on advertising and promotion (see Section 18B.9). Following the implementation of a ban on e-cigarette advertisements by retailers (apart from specialty shops) in Ontario, Canada, in 2020, there was a large reduction in the number of ads surrounding schools.209 However, e-cigarette advertising can be difficult to monitor and regulate, particularly as much of it occurs online. One study in the EU found that in member states with more comprehensive advertising bans, exposure to e-cigarettes advertisements was similar to member states without such bans.14 Another study in the EU found that following the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive, exposure to e-cigarette advertising tended to decline for some channels, particularly television and radio, but tended to increase in some unregulated channels, such as at points of sale.210 In Mexico, where the sales and marketing of e-cigarettes is largely banned, half of middle school students were aware of the products in 2015.211 Violations of e-cigarette advertising restrictions can be common.212-214

Following warning letters, in 2018 the US FDA banned e-liquids made by 17 different manufacturers that came in packaging strongly resembling candies, cookies and other snacks.215, 216 The FDA requires warnings on e-cigarette advertisements, and studies show this should also apply to social media.217 However, the prevalence of FDA-mandated warning statements in e-cigarette related YouTube videos has been found to be low.218 The FDA also ruled that JUUL misrepresented its products by selling or distributing them as modified risk tobacco products without an appropriate FDA order.219

18B.2.7 Public support for regulations on e-cigarette promotion

In light of ongoing debates about e-cigarettes, researchers have examined the level of public support for policies that would restrict marketing and promotion of the products. Reactions to proposals for regulation tend to be predominantly negative on Twitter,220 and one study found that greater engagement with online tobacco content was associated with lower levels of support for e-cigarette policies.221 However, surveys in the US suggest that the majority of adults support the prohibition of e-cigarette sales and marketing to youth,222, 223 as well as banning flavours.223-225 Similarly, most Canadians support restrictions on e-cigarette advertising in order to reduce use among youth.226 Research in the EU found that in 2018, support for a ban on e-cigarette promotion ranged from 33% in Spain to 57% in Poland.227

Among a sample of parents in Melbourne, Australia the overwhelming majority (87%) supported banning marketing and advertising that targets teenagers.54 A survey of Australian e-cigarette users found that just over one-third supported e-cigarettes being regulated in the same way as tobacco cigarettes, which would include a ban on advertising and promotion.228 A survey of pharmacy customers in Brisbane, Australia found that most non-smokers (87%) felt that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes should be regulated either as a medicinal product or completely banned. Twelve per cent thought they should be regulated in line with tobacco products. Among smokers, 62% thought nicotine e-cigarettes should be regulated as tobacco products.229

Public health experts and commentators have been calling for bans on promotion of e-cigarettes since 2015 in Australia230 and New Zealand.231 Researchers232-234 and public health bodies235-238 have also called for stronger regulations on the products, particularly restrictions that would limit exposure to and use by teenagers.


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