Easy access to kid-friendly flavored tobacco is driving today’s youth tobacco and vaping epidemic. Fruit, mint and candy flavors mask the harsh taste of tobacco, making these products highly alluring to kids.
In recent years, e-cigarette use has skyrocketed among middle school and high school students. But e-cigarettes aren’t the only tobacco products that kids are using in high numbers: Menthol cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookahs have all become more popular among kids because they, too, come in sweet flavors. Today, over 30 percent of high school students report using tobacco, [...]