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Candy-flavored tobacco products are lumps of coal for kids’ health PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

Take a look around this holiday season and you’ll see cheery colors on Christmas lights, cookies, ornaments, and wrapping paper. Unfortunately, we can now add tobacco products to that list.

New tobacco products are entering the market featuring flavors like cherry, grape and strawberry. Products like little cigars are also packaged using bright colors and sometimes placed near candy on convenience store shelves.

Sadly, these new tobacco products are getting noticed. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 40% of youths who smoke use flavored little cigars or cigarettes.

Despite their flavors and packaging, these products are dangerous. Similar to cigarettes, all types of cigars can cause cancer and increase risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

These products are also more affordable for young people. A typical pack of cigarettes costs around $6 to $8 in Wisconsin. Meanwhile, a 20-pack of flavored cigars can be purchased in Wisconsin for about $3. Why treat these new products differently from more traditional tobacco products?

If you’re interested in learning more about these products and keeping them out of kids’ hands, contact the Northwoods Tobacco Free-Coalition at nwtfc.org.

Tobacco users can call 1-(800) QUIT NOW for free help.

Lori Bergum, RN

Vilas County Public

Health

Northwoods Tobacco Free

Coalition

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:56 PM
 

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+1 #2 2013-12-22 19:24
One more thing,You won't have to worry about the flavored tobacco if the CIGARETTE companies and OUR CORRUPT ELECTED OFFICIALS get their way.

The flavored tobacco products use "pipe tobacco".Same tobacco,just a different type of "cut".Long story short, Our elected officials are trying to eliminate "pipe tobaccos" by taxation and banning "flavors".In a nutshell ,our elected officials get bigger contributions from cigarette companies than they do pipe tobacco companies.I say this with 100 percent certainty because our elected officials passed a law(hidden in a highway bill) that banned a machine that filled cigarette tubes with pipe tobacco that saved about $20 per carton..

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+2 #1 2013-12-20 05:23
Lori,
They place those items on the front counter because they are impulse items. I am not a smoker,nor do I condone it,but don't you have to be an ADULT to purchase tobacco products.
Why don't you start a coalition that goes after the candy bars and other foods that are driving the obesity epidemic ? You do not have to be an adult to purchase fattening foods . I recall hearing that less than 20 percent of the adults smoke, and that over 65 percent of adults are overweight.
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