|Candy-flavored tobacco products are lumps of coal for kids’ health|
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
Northwoods Tobacco Free
|Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:56 PM|