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In 2009, under the provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned cigarettes with ‘characterising flavours’ like candy, clove and fruit, with the exception of menthol. Importantly, these regulations do not currently apply to cigars, which remain a heavily flavoured market.1 Amid declining cigarette consumption in the USA, cigar sales have risen and prevalence remains high among certain groups. Indeed, among African–American youth, cigars are the most popular tobacco product.2 Moreover, recent studies have shown that young adult cigar smokers have a clear preference for flavoured cigars.1
We examined trends in flavoured cigar sales between 2008 and 2014 with Nielsen's Convenience Track System data, using previously described methods.1 …
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Contributors ASV took primary responsibility for data analysis, internet searches and drafting the manuscript. DPG, EJML and CDD contributed to writing and editing the final letter.
Funding This study was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (3P30CA072720-17S1).
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.