Characteristics differ based on usual cigar-type use among U.S. adults: Analysis from the tobacco use supplement to the current population survey

Prev Med Rep. 2021 Sep 15;24:101560. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101560. eCollection 2021 Dec.


The tobacco products landscape is continually shifting, and there are concerns about the increased popularity of non-cigarette tobacco products, including cigars. This study examines characteristics associated with usual cigar-type use. Data are from the 2018-19 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey. Multinomial logistic regression was used to assess the association between sociodemographic characteristics and cigar-type use (i.e., large cigars, cigarillos, and little filtered cigars). Analyses also examined factors relative to large cigar use and further stratified by sex. Of 137,221 adults included in the study, 1467 used large cigars most often, 513 used cigarillos most often, 446 used little filtered cigars most often, and the remaining 134,795 did not use cigars. In adjusted models, males had greater odds for using all types of cigars relative to non-use. In contrast, males were less likely to use cigarillos (AOR 0.28, 95% CI 0.20-0.41) and filtered cigars (AOR 0.20, 95% CI 0.14-0.28) relative to large cigars. Black adults had greater odds of using all types of cigars relative to non-use, and cigarillos (AOR 3.55, 95% CI 2.47-5.08) and filtered cigars (AOR 2.50, 95% CI 1.70-3.68) relative to large cigars. Education, income, and other tobacco use also varied according to cigar type. Characteristics of those who usually use large cigars differed significantly from those who usually use cigarillos, little filtered cigars, or reported no cigar use.

Keywords: Cigar choices; Cigar-type preferences; Cigarillos; Large cigars; Little filtered cigars.