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Tobacco Prevention

Other Tobacco Products Appeal to Our Kids

  • Flavored and smokeless tobacco product use is on the rise among youth.
  • Candy flavoring and bright colors make tobacco products extremely appealing to young people.
  • “Kid flavors” include chocolate, cherry, vanilla, apple, grape, and watermelon.

Tobacco Products Merchandised Next to Kid Friendly Items

Tobacco industry documents note that:
“Eye level is buy level.” Companies often pay retailers large sums of money to keep special tobacco-product self-serve display racks on or in front of the counter and put tobacco products on ‘good’ shelving space. Displaying multiple shelves of cigarettes is often done to create a “powerwall” of branded imagery that makes tobacco products more visible, more attractive and more enticing.

A 2006 study found that “the presence of cigarette displays at the point-of-sale, even in the absence of cigarette advertising, has adverse effects on students’ perceptions about ease of access to cigarettes and brand recall, both factors that increase the risk of taking up smoking.”

A 2008 study found that cigarette pack displays stimulate impulse purchases among smokers and that those who are trying to avoid smoking commonly experience urges to purchase cigarettes when confronted with these displays, suggesting that cigarette pack displays at the point-of-purchase may undermine intentions to quit among established smokers.

Cigars

Little Cigars, Cigarillos, Blunts, and Large Cigars

  • Cigars are any roll of tobacco wrapped in leaf tobacco or in any substance containing tobacco.
  • Many small cigars are being designed to look almost identical to cigarettes, yet they are taxed differently, making them more affordable. The tax loophole makes fruit-flavored little cigars cheaper and more accessible to youth.
  •  For more information:Info from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

E-Cigarettes

What is an electronic-cigarette?

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. They turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user.Typically, they are composed of a rechargeable, battery-operated heating element, a replaceable cartridge that may contain nicotine or other chemicals, and an atomizer that, when heated, converts the contents of the cartridge into a vapor. This vapor can then be inhaled by the user. These products are often made to look like cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. 

E-cigarette concerns:

  • There are no regulations to protect consumers on the manufacture or sale of the 450+ brands of e-cigarettes.
  • Contents vary widely and don't always match the ingredients or amounts listed on labels.
  • There is concern that e-cigarettes may appeal to youth because of their high-tech design, easy access online and at mall kiosks and the wide array of cartridge flavors.
  • E-cigarettes are sold in an assortment of sweet, kid-friendly flavors including gummy bear, cotton candy, and cherry crush.
  • Calls to poison control centers involving exposures to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine increased to 3,957 in 2014 from 1,543 in 2013 and 271 in 2011.
  • E-cigarettes do not just emit "harmless water vapor". Secondhand e-cigarette aerosol (called vapor by the industry) contains nicotine, ultrafine particles and low levels of toxins that are known to cause cancer. There are metals in e-cigarette aerosol, including chromium, nickel, and tin nanoparticles.
  • Not one of these products has been approved by the FDA as a cessation device.

Smokeless Tobacco

Despite the restrictions placed on youth advertising by the Smokeless Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (UST) has continued to advertise in youth-oriented magazines.

For years, tobacco companies have marketed smokeless tobacco products as a way to use tobacco in places or situations when smoking is not allowed or is not socially acceptable, and that practice continues today.

One high school student admitted using Camel Snus during class, saying, “It’s easy, it’s super-discreet…and none of the teachers will ever know what I’m doing.”

The use of spit or smokeless tobacco by any name can cause:

  • Cancers of the mouth
  • Cancers of the pharynx (throat) and larynx (voice box)
  • Cancers of the esophagus (swallowing tube) and stomach
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Receding gums and gum disease, which can worsen to the point that the teeth fall out
  • Pre-cancerous spots in the mouth, called leukoplakia (loo-ko-PLAY-key-uh)

Hookah/ Water Pipe

  • Hookah smoking is most common in the United States among young adults ages 18 to 24; however, some studies suggest significant use among middle and high school students.
  • Youth and young adults perceive hookah use as less dangerous than smoking cigarettes.
  • Waterpipe smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine, and the smoke from a waterpipe is at least as toxic, or more toxic than cigarette smoke.
  • In fact, research shows that waterpipe smokers may absorb even more of the harmful components found in cigarette smoke because smoking sessions are longer.
  • A typical one-hour hookah session involves inhaling 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke from a single cigarette.
  • Waterpipe tobacco flavoring, exotic paraphernalia, and social use at hookah bars have increased its popularity with people who don't already smoke cigarettes and younger poeple in the United States.

Battery Powered Hookah Pens

Public health authorities worry that people are being drawn to products that intentionally avoid the term "e-cigarette." Of particular concern is use among teenagers, many of whom appear to view e-cigarettes and e-hookahs as entirely different products when, for all practical purposes, they are often indistinguishable.