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Mini Cigars: The Facts Behind the Flavors

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Sara Bellum

When you hear that something comes in strawberry, ice cream, chocolate, peach, or grape flavors, your first thoughts may be: ice cream, candy, or something made for kids. After all, manufacturers of kids’ toothpastes, medicines, and vitamins add fun flavors to make their products more appealing. You may also think that flavored products are harmless, like candy.

But if you think flavored mini cigars are harmless, you’re mistaken.

Cigars of any kind, including flavored mini cigars, contain the same addictive and cancer-causing qualities as regular cigarettes. In fact, cigar tobacco has a high concentration of nitrogen compounds, some of the strongest cancer-causing substances known. Cigar smoking also is linked to gum disease and tooth loss.

Although the Food and Drug Administration has banned similar flavored cigarettes, there’s no such ban (yet) on mini cigars. Unfortunately, more and more teens across the country are smoking mini cigars.

In some states, like Maryland, statistics show that 14% of teens smoke cigars—this mirrors the rate of cigarette smoking among teens.

But Maryland isn’t ignoring the issue. Recently, the state launched a new campaign called The Cigar Trap to let teens discover the truth about these flavored brown sticks that you might see behind the checkout counter, near the candy bars and gum.

Find out more about mini cigars, including how you can tell your friends the facts behind the flavors.

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Unfortunately, more and more teens across the country are smoking mini cigars. It is a common practice though all the campaigns that try to prevent children from using various kind of drug substances. May be there is a need of more strict control or any other kind of restrictions.
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well i don't like the fact that yall put this on here cause it is a lot of people out here that is already dieing from lung cancer from cigarttes and or cigars

@lexm plexm, isn't it a good thing that this blog post addresses the problem since you say a lot of people are already dying from cigarette/cigar use??

Most of the young mass are using this mini cigar regularly ,which is really harmful for them .This is really a good article which definitely motivate them to leave such a bad habits .Keep posting much good article .
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i don't get why someone would want to buy flavored cigars cause its jus as bad as smoking. Also the companies know more people will buy flavored cigars including teens.

I think this is a very good site because sometimes people wonder what a product is. If someone actually took the time to create this site than it must have some impact on them. Something must happened to them to make them care about child smoking. If people want to actually make fun of people commenting then they will eventually see how bad it is. People think its soo cool to smoke when people die everyday from it.

I don't get how many times teachers, parents etc. have to say don't smoke and they still do it. Also we learn about how bad they are and they just ignore it. If you ask me they just want to ruin their lungs and damage their body.

Is it more legal for minors to smoke them than to smoke any other kind of cigar or cigarrete? Flavors and other marketing games like this are symptoms of much bigger problems. Teens will listen to the people they like, and if people they like dissaprove of smoking, they will too. However, if people they distrust and dislike tell them not to do something, then it can't be all bad, right? You can't legislate things like this. Fix the bigger problem, and this will go away. Fix this without adressing the real problem, and something else will simply take its place.

This article reeks of propaganda and scary euphemisms.