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Tobacco Prevention

FDA: MUST BE 21 TO PURCHASE TOBACCO PRODUCTS

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. 

E-Cigarettes

Vapes, vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs), and e-pipes are some of the many terms used to describe electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), that are baterry-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemiclas. Some of these chemicals include, but are not limited to: “e-liquid” that may contain nicotine, as well as varying compositions of flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and other ingredients. This liquid is then heated to create an aerosol that the user inhales. 

ENDS products may also be manufactured to look like conventional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some of these devices even resemble pens or USB flash drives, leaving it difficult for some to distiguish the difference between them. Larger devcies, such as tank systems or mods, do not look similar to cigarettes. 

E-cigarettes are NOT risk free and are often used in addition to regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are NOT a proven 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.