According to the first government study to gauge the use of small flavored cigars, teens like these special cigarettes that taste like candy or fruit. Around 1 in 30 middle and high school going children said that they enjoyed smoking the compact, sweet-flavored cigars. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported that the percentage kids smoking flavored cigars rose with age with nearly 1 in 12 high school seniors puffing them.
Flavored Cigars not banned
Since 2009, the government has banned the sale of flavored cigarettes that contained candy, fruit and clove flavoring. The only flavoring allowed was menthol. However, no such restrictions have been placed yet on the flavored cigars.
CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden said that the small cigars were as addictive and harmful as regular cigarettes and their flavoring only made the harsh taste of tobacco more palatable for teens.