Little filtered cigar, cigarillo, and premium cigar smoking among adults--United States, 2012-2013

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Aug 1;63(30):650-4.


The burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States has been caused overwhelmingly by cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products. In the United States, cigarette consumption declined during 2000-2011; however, consumption of cigars more than doubled during the same period. The cigar market includes diverse product types manufactured with a variety of shapes and sizes, filters, tips, flavors, and prices. Although national estimates of cigar consumption have been reported previously, data characterizing who smokes different cigar types are limited. A recent analysis from the 2012-2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS) found that more than one in 20 U.S. adults smoke cigars "every day," "someday," or "rarely". This report expands upon those findings, using data from the 2012-2013 NATS to further characterize cigar smokers by the usual type of cigar smoked using the following categories: little filtered cigars (LFCs), cigarillos/other mass market cigars (cigarillos/MMCs), and premium cigars. The findings indicate that among U.S. adults who smoke cigars, 61.8% usually smoke cigarillos/MMCs, 19.9% usually smoke premium cigars, and the remainder, 18.4%, usually smoke LFCs. These data can help to inform public health interventions to reduce the burden of adverse health effects caused by cigar smoking in the United States, including regulation.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Tobacco Products / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult