Use of Flavored Cigarettes Among Older Adolescent and Adult Smokers: United States, 2004--2005

Nicotine Tob Res. 2008 Jul;10(7):1209-14. doi: 10.1080/14622200802163159.

Abstract

Cigarettes with candy, fruit and alcohol flavors have been introduced in recent years as extensions to popular cigarette brands, raising concerns in the public health community that the enticing names, creative packaging, and intense flavorings of these products may be especially appealing to youth. This study used two national surveys to examine the prevalence of use of Camel Exotic Blends, Kool Smooth Fusion, and Salem Silver Label brands during 2004--2005 among older adolescents and young adult smokers aged 17-26 years and adult smokers aged > or =25 years. Overall use of any of these flavored brands in the past 30 days was 11.9% among smokers aged 17-26 years and 6.7% among smokers aged > or =25 years. A significant gradient in use was seen across age, with the highest rates of utilization among 17-year-old (22.8%) and 18-19-year-old smokers (21.7%) (p<.001). Uniquely flavored cigarette brands seem to be most attractive to the youngest smokers and should be prohibited.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Advertising / statistics & numerical data*
  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Flavoring Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Product Labeling / statistics & numerical data*
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Social Marketing*
  • United States / epidemiology

Substances

  • Flavoring Agents