Flavored Cigars A Hit With Underage Smokers, CDC Says

ATLANTA (October 22, 2013)--The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 in 30 middle and high school students say they smoke compact, candy- or fruit-flavored cigars and the percentages rise as underage smokers kids get older, to nearly 1 in 12 among high school seniors.

The results, based on a 2011 survey of nearly 19,000 students, grades 6 through 12, were published online Tuesday by the Journal of Adolescent Health.

There are no restrictions on sales of flavored cigars except in Maine, Maryland, New York City and Providence, R.I.

The sale of cigarettes and cigars to those younger than 18 is illegal, but CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said the cigars are as dangerous as cigarettes and that the marketing of such products seems intended to interest young people in smoking.

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