Why flavored tobacco is an important issue
Flavors play a significant role in drawing youth and young adults to tobacco products.
Federal law bans flavors in cigarettes — excluding menthol — but not in other tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, cigars, hookah and e-cigarettes. That means flavored tobacco products come in many forms, including menthol cigarettes, which are easier to smoke, harder to quit and more likely to addict youth. They also include smokeless tobacco, cigars, hookah and e-cigarettes that come in candy-, fruit- and cocktail-flavored products like sour apple, cherry, grape, chocolate, strawberry margarita, appletini, piña colada, cotton candy and cinnamon roll, to name just a few.See our work on flavored tobacco products