FDA should issue a final rule that regulates all tobacco products by April of next year. FDA has already taken far too long to begin regulating e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products, and we cannot afford any more delays.
Cigars are not just smoked by adults – kids smoke them too. High school boys now smoke cigars at the same rate as cigarettes (16.5 percent for cigars and 16.4 percent for cigarettes), and more male high school seniors smoke cigars than smoke cigarettes. FDA should regulate all cigars and not try to exempt so-called premium cigars. According to the FDA’s proposed rule, “all cigars are harmful and potentially addictive” and “a large cigar may contain as much tobacco as a whole pack of cigarettes.” Exempting any category of tobacco product creates a dangerous loophole that the tobacco industry can exploit to create and market products that appeal to kids.
FDA should also take action to ban flavors in cigars and e-cigarettes. Many cigars come in fruit and candy flavors that are banned in cigarettes, and they should be banned in cigars. The increase in cigar use has been driven by an increase in the use of small, flavored cigars, with flavors like grape, watermelon and chocolate. E-cigarettes also are available in numerous flavors, including sweet tart, cotton candy, gummy bear and bubble gum. As studies and tobacco industry internal documents reveal, sweet flavors are especially appealing to kids. FDA should act to prohibit flavors from tobacco products.
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