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Fruit-flavoured Cigars the New Trend Among Teens

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on October 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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 Fruit-flavoured Cigars the New Trend Among Teens

Fruit flavored cigars have become more popular among teens, causing more minors to smoke too, a new study revealed.

The study conducted to gauge their use found that about 1 in 30 middle and high school kids said they smoke the compact, sweet-flavoured cigars, which are still legal in some countries, the New York Daily News reported.

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The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentages rise as kids get older, to nearly 1 in 12 high school seniors.

Health officials said sweet flavouring can mask the harsh taste of tobacco and make smoking more pleasant.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the so-called small cigars look like cigarettes, addict as much as cigarettes and they kill like cigarettes.

The study- based on a 2011 survey of nearly 19,000 students, grades 6 through 12- found that sales of regular and flavoured cigars have boomed in the last 12 years.

The study is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Source: ANI
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