Flavored stogies fueling surge in cigar smoking in young people

Flavored stogies fueling surge in cigar smoking in young people

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Tobacco trade publications suggest that flavored cigars are driving the recent growth in cigar consumption. These products are much less expensive than cigarettes.

Cigarette use among teenagers is down. But a study from Rutgers University says cigar use is up in part because of the popularity of flavored cigars.

The FDA has banned flavoring in cigarettes, except for menthol, but that's not the case for cigars. Flavored stogies now make up nearly half of all cigar sales at convenience stores. Flavored varieties were also more popular among women, African Americans, and people under age 35.

Dr. Doris Day, a clinical associate professor at NYU Medical Center, says no matter your age or ethnicity, smoking flavored cigars comes with the same risk and health concerns as any other tobacco product: it is toxic to your lungs and other organs and even raises your risk of skin cancer.

Flavored cigars are often also associated with marijuana use.

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