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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 15, 2014

Teen Smokers Turn to Flavored Cigars

JAMA. 2014;311(3):236. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285274

The high percentage of middle and high school student smokers who have turned to little cigars with fruit or candy flavorings point to a need for new tobacco control efforts, according to federal health officials.

Recently in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 42.4% of student smokers said they used little cigars or cigarettes that are flavored. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009 banned flavorings in cigarettes, with the exception of menthol. But some students may have mistaken flavored little cigars for cigarettes.

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