the truth about: little cigars, cigarillos and cigars
Little cigars, cigarillos and cigars are popular among young smokers. In 2015, 8.6 percent of high school students were recent cigar smokers, saying that they smoked cigars in the last 30 days. That compares to 9.3 percent of high school students who were recent cigarette smokers.
Among youth, males and African Americans are more likely to smoke cigars. In 2015, 11.5 percent of male high school students and 12.8 percent of African American high school students said they smoked cigars in the past 30 days.
Flavored cigars are popular among young smokers: 64.7 percent of high school students and 56.6 percent of middle school students who were recent cigar smokers used a flavored cigar in the past 30 days.
Blunting, the process of hollowing out a cigar and using it to smoke marijuana, is also popular among young cigar smokers. Nearly half the youth (49.1 percent) who were recent cigar smokers reported using blunts in 2015.
Cigar smokers are misinformed about the health risks. Cigar smoking is associated with a higher risk of oral, esophageal, laryngeal and lung cancer. Yet, some cigar smokers indicated that they were unsure whether cigars were more or less harmful than cigarettes or that they perceived cigars to be less harmful than cigarettes. This misperception is higher among young adults and black youth.
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