Flavored Cigar Smoking Among U.S. Adults
Monday, August 27, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Flavored Cigar Smoking Among
U.S. Adults: Findings From the 2009–2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey
A new report published by the journal Nicotine & Tobacco
Research assesses the use of flavored cigars at both the national and state
levels. The data were obtained from the 2009 –2010 National Adult Tobacco
The report finds flavored cigar use is less common among
older adults and those with more education and income. Flavored cigars are
especially popular among 18- to 24-year-olds—more than 57 percent of cigar
smokers in that age group say they smoke flavored cigars. Nearly 43 percent of all
adult cigar smokers in the United States report using flavored cigars.
Research shows that flavors can mask the natural harshness
and taste of tobacco, making these products easier to use and increasing their
appeal among young people. Cigars contain the same toxic and
cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarettes, so they are not a safe
alternative to cigarettes. The health consequences of regular cigar smoking
include cancers of the lung, larynx, oral cavity, and esophagus. Cigar
smokers who inhale, particularly those who smoke several cigars a day, are also
at increased risk of developing heart disease and COPD.
- The report says 6.6 percent of adults in the United
States smoke cigars.
- Among cigar smokers, flavored cigar smoking was more
common among those with a Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) (65.3 percent)
and those with annual household income under $20,000 (51.7 percent).
- Flavored cigar use was higher among Hispanic cigar
smokers (61.7 percent) than among non-Hispanic white (37.9 percent) and
black (39.4 percent) cigar smokers.
- Flavored cigar use was significantly higher among
female (60.8 percent) cigar smokers than male (39.2 percent).
- A higher percentage of LGBT cigar smokers used flavored
cigars (67.0 percent) than heterosexual cigar smokers (41.8 percent).
- The five states with the highest percent of flavored
cigar use among adult cigar smokers were North Dakota (71.6 percent), New
Mexico (69 percent), Colorado (68.9 percent), Minnesota (59 percent) and
Nebraska (59 percent).
- The states with the lowest were New Hampshire (11.1
percent), New Jersey (23.7 percent), Washington (28.3 percent), Hawaii
(30.5 percent) and Alaska (33.4 percent).
PDF of Article
An abstract of the article is
available on the journal’s Web site at http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/08/17/ntr.nts178.abstract.
Source: CDC/Office on Smoking and Health