The CDC says an alarming number of young people are getting hooked on tobacco. But, this is not the same old story.
This time, the concern is not cigarettes, but cigars that come in new grape and strawberry flavors.
"This is new data, and it's very disturbing. It finds that about 4 out of 10 kids who smoke are smoking flavored little cigars," says CDC Director Tom Frieden.
Flavored cigarettes are banned, but for some reason, flavored cigars do not have the same restrictions, and ironically these little cigars are barely bigger than a cigarette.
One company that makes flavored cigars, Altadis USA, issued a statement saying: "We support efforts at retail to only sell products to adults."
But, federal data show sales of cigarettes have fallen by more than a third over the past decade, and have instead climbed steadily in the sale of cigars and other tobacco products.
The FDA says it intends to strengthen regulations of cigars, but has yet to do so.
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