Restricted taste of cigarettes significantly reduced in young, young adults: study

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Washington DC: New research led by George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services has found that banning cigarette flavor has led to a significant reduction in smoking among youth and young adults.
Some of the earlier research has highlighted the fact that scented cigarettes appeal extensively and are used by smokers in small amounts.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 90 percent of smokers start smoking by the age of 18. To reduce long-term health outcomes and improve public health, preventing the onset of smoking is important as reducing the draw of flavored tobacco products.
On September 22, 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration’s national ban on flavored cigarette products went into effect. It banned the sale of flavored cigarettes other than menthol, but little was known about the potential impact of this ban on youth smoking.
Assistant Professor of Global and Community Health Dr. Matthew Rossheim led the study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers found that the ban on cigarette flavor decreased the percentage of young people (ages 12–17) by 43 percent and in young adults (ages 18–25) by 27 percent.
“Our study suggests that the ban of scented cigarettes was highly effective in reducing smoking in young people,” Rossheim explains.
“This shows incredible promise for future broad restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including those in e-cigarettes that have received significant leeway to date. Policymakers should focus on the evidence from this study and other tobacco flavors Legislation should be passed to expand the ban. And nicotine products, “added Rossheim.
Rosim and colleagues from the 2002–2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data examined cigarette use among young people and adults. This included nationally representative data collected each quarter each year, which provides a more sensitive measure to detect changes in smoking behavior than previous research, plus an adult comparison group to test it Other factors may be whether there is an overall reduction in smoking.
Rossheim and his colleagues did not observe a similar reduction in smoking among older smokers, suggesting that this ban was particularly effective in reducing smoking among younger people and that this reduction was caused by the ban and other effects. Not from
“We noticed that menthol cigarette smoking increased in youth after the ban was implemented. It appears that young menthol cigarettes drink more when other flavor options are not available,” Rossim said.
The menthol flavor was excluded from the 2009 ban. Earlier research has also shown that menthol-flavored tobacco products are used by African Americans, which may explain health disparities.
Rosim and co-workers suggest that in order to maximize their effectiveness among young people and to avoid increasing health disparities among African Americans, taste restrictions should include all flavors and tobacco products.

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