Tobacco products with special flavors like "cinnamon roll" and "gummy bear" are attracting young kids a lot, revealed a CDC report.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) looked at the rates of tobacco use in the middle and high-school children. It reported that over 24% of high-school children and 8% of middle school children use tobacco regularly.
Around 70% of these kids have at least tried flavored products, most commonly e-cigarettes, which come in hundreds of flavors. This partly explains why teen e-cigarette usage has skyrocketed in recent years.
"We know from existing research that flavors can make these types of tobacco products particularly appealing to youth. And in the case of e-cigarettes and hookahs, they're available in a lot of kid-friendly flavors such as candy, fruit and chocolate," said Brian King from the CDC's office on smoking and health.
The Food and Drug Administration banned all flavorings in regular cigarettes - except for menthol. But, there's no regulation yet on other forms of tobacco like little cigars, hookahs and e-cigarettes.