Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were reports that flavored smoking product are used by 42% of middle-school and high school students who smoke. Some authorities, such as New York City and Providence, RI have passed some restrictions.
A 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) report states, “In view of the little research that has been conducted on flavoured tobacco, the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation urges …. health authorities to consider public health initiatives to reduce the marketing and use of flavoured tobacco products.”
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration reports, “Almost 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers …. flavored cigarettes are a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers.”
A study, published in NEJM, in May 2014, led by Professor James F. Pankow, Ph.D. (elected to Prestigious National Academy of Engineering) at the Portland State University, Portland, identified the flavor chemicals and their levels in several brands of candy, Kool-Aid drink mix, and similarly labeled “cherry”, “grape”, “apple”, “peach”, and “berry” tobacco products.
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