Hooking kids with candy flavors
Oct 31, 2013
They come in flavors like wild apple, berry blend, watermelon and chocolate.
They may sound like Halloween treats, but in fact they’re Big Tobacco’s tricks for getting kids hooked on their products.
Tobacco companies peddle sweet-flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products that are flavored and colorfully packaged just like candy. Sometimes sugary snacks and their tobacco imitators even share counter space in convenience stores.
Continue reading Big Tobacco’s Tricks Not Treats
Tobacco companies manipulate products to attract kids
Sep 4, 2012
An editorial in The New York Times calls on elected officials and the Food and Drug Administration to close tax and regulatory loopholes that tobacco companies have exploited to keep some products cheap, flavored and appealing to kids.
"Give the tobacco industry credit for ingenuity," the Times wrote. "Just when it looked as if federal regulators could block their ability to addict children and young adults, several companies that make cigars and pipe tobacco have sidestepped the barriers by taking advantage of loopholes in federal law."
Continue reading NY Times Editorial: Close Loopholes in Tobacco Regulation
Novel products in fruit and candy flavors latest tactic to lure kids
Mar 1, 2012
Apple, grape, peach, strawberry, cherry, orange. "It's like Starbursts" says Roberta Hurtado, 17, of Orlando, Florida.
But the flavored products that have Florida communities up in arms aren't candy. They're tobacco products including little cigars, chewing tobacco and newer smokeless products shaped in pellets, sticks and other easily concealed forms. In addition to their sweet flavors, these products are often sold in brightly colored packages that are attractive to kids.
Continue reading Sweet-Flavored Tobacco Alarming Officials Around the Country
But new industry tactics to hook kids include smokeless tobacco and "little cigars"
Dec 14, 2011
Cigarette smoking among American youth has dropped to record lows, with just 11.7 percent of kids in grades 8, 10 and 12 reporting that they smoked in the past month.
The annual Monitoring the Future survey released today shows that since youth smoking rates peaked in the mid-1990s, they have dropped dramatically — by 71 percent among eighth graders, 61 percent among students in 10th grade and 49 percent among those in 12th grade.
Continue reading Teen Cigarette Smoking Drops to Record Lows
Sweet flavors and low prices entice kids to smoke "little cigars"
Dec 13, 2011
The tobacco industry has maneuvered around marketing restrictions aimed at protecting youth and found yet another way to hook kids when they're young: Flavored "little cigars" that are so cheap kids can easily afford them, and so sweet with kid-friendly flavors that some young smokers believe they're less addictive than cigarettes.
Continue reading Cheap and Sweet Like Candy – Kills Like Tobacco