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FDA Funded Study Shows Children Are NOT Smoking Premium CigarsApril 24th, 2017
An FDA funded study published by The New England Journal of Medicine shows that children in the United States are not smoking premium handmade cigars.
The FDA funded study focused on research tracking tobacco products used by adults and youths in the United States between 2013 and 2014.
All types of tobacco products were considered: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos, as well as handmade premium cigars, which were part of the labeled “traditional cigars.”
Of the 13,651 children analyzed for the study, who ranged from 12 to 17 years old, a mere 2.3 percent had “ever” smoked a traditional cigar. For the purposes of the study, “traditional cigars” included flavored cigars, but excluded most styles of machine made cigars, including cigarillos and tipped cigars – often considered to be more like a cigarette than a premium cigar.
While the study was partially funded by FDA, the findings have not appeared on the FDA’s Tobacco portion of their website. The study was published on January 26, 2017.