publication date: Jun. 13, 2014


Advocacy Group Pushes for FDA Regulation as Cigar Smoking Rates Plateau

The number of high school boys who smoke cigars—16.5 percent—is now on par with cigarette use, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among 12th grade boys, cigar smoking was at 23 percent, 3 percent higher than the cigarette use rate, according to the results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, published June 12.

While cigarette smoking has dropped to an all-time low, with 15.7 percent of high school students having smoked cigarettes in 2013, the data shows that cigars and smokeless tobacco rates have stagnated from 2011 to 2013.

Legacy for Health, an advocacy non-profit, is using this new data to urge the FDA to regulate cigars.

This regulation would come in the form of taxes, clean indoor air ordinances, and youth counter-marketing campaigns to reduce youth smoking rates.

“One-third of all youth smokers will eventually die from a disease caused by tobacco and despite restrictions on tobacco advertising to youth, young people are still being exposed to pro-tobacco messaging on a daily basis,” Robin Koval, CEO and president of Legacy said in a statement June 12.

“Cigars and smokeless tobacco are every bit as addictive as cigarettes, and this new data from the CDC should serve as an alert to the FDA that its jurisdiction is required to protect our youth from long-term nicotine addiction,” Koval said.

Legacy said cigar packaging frequently targets youth—they are sold as singles, come in colorful packages, and have “candy-like” flavors, such as strawberry, grape, and menthol. Legacy is pushing … Continue reading 40-24 Advocacy Group Pushes for FDA Regulation as Cigar Smoking Rates Plateau

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