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MINACAPILLI, Mauricio et al. Flavour additives and design lettering in cigarettes and tobacco products available close to educational centers in Montevideo, Uruguay. Rev. Méd. Urug. [online]. 2021, vol.37, n.2, e205.  Epub June 01, 2021. ISSN 0303-3295.


tobacco products are designed to be attractive, and recently, flavour additives have been introduced in the market. In Uruguay, regulations in force prohibit all forms of publicity for these products. For this reason, attracting consumers to tobacco products by means of flavour and design constitutes an important factor in smokers’ choice, in particular the young. Learning about products available in our market and those that are close to educational centers is relevant.


descriptive, observational, prospective and transversal study. The field work protocol was adapted from the Johns Hopkins University Tobacco Pack Surveillance System Project.


23 varieties were identified. 34.78% of the products were flavoured, and they were available in 86,67% points of sale. All flavoured products’ packs included a reference to its condition. In 50% of them, the brand suggested the presence or activation of flavour. 87.5% of filters referred to flavor activation and 37.5% added technological traits. 75% were mint flavoured and 24% were double-flavoured. Only 39.1% included minor protection information.


there is great availability of flavoured tobacco products, the variety being greater in recent years, although lower in Uruguay if compared to other countries. In the absence of specific regulations on additives and flavouring substances, countries could reduce the offer by implementing a single presentation by brand and the complete banning of publicity.

Keywords : Tobacco use disorder; Cigarettes; Flavorings; Adolescent behavior; Advertising; Persuasive communication; Tobacco products.

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