Flavored Tobacco Products Are Popular Among Middle and High-School Children: CDC

by Reshma Anand on  October 1, 2015 at 3:38 PM Child Health News
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Tobacco products with special flavors like "cinnamon roll" and "gummy bear" are attracting young kids a lot, revealed a CDC report.
Flavored Tobacco Products Are Popular Among Middle and High-School Children: CDC
Flavored Tobacco Products Are Popular Among Middle and High-School Children: CDC

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.

Source: Medindia

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