Little cigars are a favorite among youth between the ages of 12-17. Because they are often purchased as “singles,” the surgeon’s general warning of the negative health effects are not on the product packaging.
Little cigars and cigarillos are currently not subject to regulation by the FDA.
At 100- 200 mg of nicotine, little cigars contain more nicotine than cigarettes which contain 8.5 mg. Unlike cigars, little cigars are inhaled, exposing the smoker to even more direct risk of nicotine exposure.
National Latino Tobacco Control Network and Legacy Foundation held a meeting to discuss new tobacco products on February 7, 2011 in which local and national tobacco control advocates participated. Legacy presented information on the tobacco industry’s emerging products and the implications of these products on communities of color, as well as low socio-economic status (low SES) groups, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.
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