Flavored cigarettes have been banned! Yes, the FDA has put a stop on all flavored cigarette sales, and have warned companies about attempting to bypass the ban with alternatives such as little cigars.
The FDA has banned flavored cigarettes, specifically ones with fruit, candy, and clove flavors, due to the appeal it has for adolescence. Matthew L. Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says,
“The appeal to youth is overwhelming. They are starter products.”
This seems to make sense to me. I remember when I was a kid and the ice cream man sold candy cigarettes. My friends and I would always get some and we thought we were so cool!
Cigarettes are harsh when you first try them, but if they at least had a nice flavor, it would be more appealing to the young person trying it out for the first time.
I feel like it is important for cancer sticks to be completely unappealing to young people. It is one thing to start smoking as an adult, knowing the risks, but young people feel invincible and are not thinking about how things will affect them ten years from now.
So far, the ban doesn’t apply to menthol cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products that come in various flavors, but the FDA said it’s “examining options” on regulating those as well.
Below is a video of someone who feels differently. Please check it out and tell me your thoughts in the comment section!