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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Legacy Resource and Cigar Study

Wednesday, October 12, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Join Legacy on October 19 for Warner Series: After Tobacco

§ On October 19, from noon to 2:00pm, Legacy will host the next Warner Series which will explore the findings from the recently-released book, After Tobacco.

§ The book, published by Columbia Press with support from Legacy and Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, considers the economic impact of reducing smoking rates on tobacco farmers, cigarette-factory workers, the southeastern regional economy, state governments, tobacco retailers, the hospitality industry, and nonprofit organizations that might benefit from the industry’s philanthropy.

§ The book also examines the effect of smoking reduction on mortality rates, medical costs, and Social Security.

§ The event will be held at Legacy. The discussion will also be available via live webcast on the Legacy site,, beginning at 12:30pm on the day of the event.

§ To RSVP, contact Anna Goth at

New Legacy-funded Study Shows Significant Rise in Cigar Use Among Young Adults

§ A new study that shows the rise in cigar usage among young adults was released in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

§ The study is important because cigarillos are not currently tracked and measured as a separate cigar category and their popularity among young adults is increasing.

§ The study measures brand usage trends and the prevalence of cigar use among specific populations.

§ The study is entitled, Seven-Year Patterns in US Cigar Use Epidemiology Among Young Adults Aged 19-25 Years: A focus on Race/Ethnicity and Brand, is the first study founded on U.S. nationally representative data that documents trends in current cigar use and top brands smoked.

§ Results of the study show that the top five brands most frequently smoked were Black and Mild, Swisher Sweets, Phillies, White Owl, and Garcia y Vega, all of which are primarily cigarillos or little cigar products.

§ Use of these top five brands was more prevalent among those who were younger, male, Black non-Hispanics, with a propensity for risk behavior, and those reporting current cigarette, marijuana, and blunt use.

§ To read the full release, visit

Source: Amber Martin, American Legacy

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