Flavored Cigars Develop Tobacco Addiction at a Young Age

by camille.hebert on October 23, 2013 - 12:14pm

I was attracted by this article because I know there’s a lot of sensibilization made for the reduction of tobacco use among teens. I wanted to know more about the legislation for these flavored cigars and cigarettes.

Cigars producers make little cigars, looking like cigarettes, with attracting flavors like fruits or candy to attract teens. Their goal with these attracting flavors, is to create a lifelong addiction and keep these customers for a long time. According to a new study of the U.S. Health Officials, more than 2 out of 5 young smokers use the flavored little cigars. Teens like these little cigars because the appealing flavours mask the bad taste of tobacco. In the United States, legislation banned the sale of flavoured cigarettes, at the exception of menthol, but didn’t ban the little flavoured cigars. According to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Flavored or not, cigars cause cancer, heart disease, lung disease and many other health problems. Flavored little cigars appeal to youth and the use of these tobacco products may lead to disfigurement, disability and premature death." E-cigarettes use among teens has also doubled after the addition of flavours like gummy bear and cotton candy.

I think there’s more effort to put in the reduction of tobacco use among teens. Measures should be taken directly at the source: the shops where teens buy these products. Packaging should be more sober, they are too colourful, which emphasizes the resemblance with candies. In Canada, there’s a federal law (C-32) supposed to prohibit the sale of flavoured cigars. This law was a failure because many tobacco companies exploited the gaps of the law to keep selling their cigars. In conclusion, the government had good intentions, but in practice, it didn’t change anything.

Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/kidshealth/HealthDay681371_20131022_Flavored_Cigars_Gaining_in_Popularity_With_U_S__Kids__CDC.html

Here an article by the “Coalition Québecoise pour le contrôle du tabac`` explaining how the federal law was ignored by the tobacco companies: http://www.cqct.qc.ca/Communiques_docs/2011/PRSS_11_07_04_AniversaireC32.htm

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