New Flavors of Tobacco Cigarettes Targeting Teens? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/24/04

New Flavors of Tobacco Cigarettes Targeting Teens?

Strawberry, mocha mint, wild berry, chocolate. Those may sound like ice cream choices, but they're actually new flavors of tobacco cigarettes.

So, the Lung Association, the Cancer Society, and others are up in arms claiming that tobacco companies are clearly trying to hook teen smokers, which would be a violation of the 1998 tobacco settlement that prohibits marketing to minors.

"We know that more than 90% of lifelong smokers started before the age of 18. So if we can prevent children from the habit of smoking, from just holding the cigarette, we can prevent them from, hopefully, tobacco related illness," says Louise Vetter, with the American Lung Association.

Tobacco manufacturers claim adult consumers are looking for new tobacco products...just like some enjoy flavored coffee or flavored beers.

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