FDA Funded Study Confirms Children Do Not Smoke Premium Cigars

FDA Funded Study Confirms Children Do Not Smoke Premium Cigars

A study published by The New England Journal of Medicine and partially funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows that children in America are not smoking handmade cigars.

The study analyzed the tobacco use of 13,651 children, ranging in age from 12 to 17 years, and the data shows that only 2.3 percent had ever smoked a traditional cigar, and less than 1 percent (0.7 percent) had tried one within the past 30 days of being surveyed.

The term "ever" is quite broad in that it includes a person who has taken "even one or two puffs" of a cigar, even if the person had only tried the product one time.

"This significant study reinforces what we have known all along—children do not smoke premium cigars," said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado magazine. "It always helps to have it confirmed by objective, third-party sources. Handmade cigars are a legal product made for and enjoyed by an adult audience."

The study, which was published on January 26, tracked tobacco product use by adults and youths in the United States in 2013 and 2014. In total, it looked at the behavior of 45,971 people, 13,651 of them labeled youths, ranging from ages 12 to 17 years old. It examined tobacco products of all types, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and what the study labeled traditional cigars, the category that includes handmade, premium cigars.

The traditional cigars considered in this study included flavored cigars, which Cigar Aficionado does not define as traditional, and it did not include cigarillos or tipped cigars. These type of cigars are made in much greater quantities, tend to be mass produced via machines and are much closer in form and function to a cigarette than a cigar.

By contrast, 0.2 percent of youths were found to be "frequent users" of cigars of any type, including machine-made smokes, while 0.4 percent used e-cigarettes and 1.5 percent smoked cigarettes.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the FDA. Although the FDA was one of the organizations funding the study, a release about the findings does not appear in the tobacco section of the FDA's website, and the findings received little press coverage.

- Blake Droesch contributed reporting for this article.

"Waster of time and money. Great over reach of trying to tell us whats either good or bad for us. American politicians on road to Nanny State. They want to tax everything so they can say we (they) are looking out for our best interest. BS..." —April 28, 2017 17:07 PM
"I cannot believe that mere pennies from tax paying citizens have funded this study. Pennies! From everyone! I myself gave 1.37 cents!" —April 27, 2017 13:25 PM
"And you wonder what the hell is wrong with our government. I wonder how much this study cost the American tax payers?" —April 26, 2017 22:08 PM
"This just in... Water is wet." —April 26, 2017 20:23 PM
"As a teen age 16 -17 I discovered the pleasure of enjoying a mild cigar. :D" —April 26, 2017 13:43 PM
"Couldn't resist saying this but, in reply to Frederick Amodeo's quote of "THIS JUST IN, CHILDREN DON'T FLY AIRPLANES AT AIRPORTS IN THE USA!" In fact they can, and many do. You can earn a Private Pilot's certificate at age 17 and hold a student pilot's license at 16. Even younger for balloons and gliders, believe it or not. I myself first soloed at 16, and flew and was flying--and landing--with instructors when I was 11 or 12 (I needed 3 cushions to see over the instrument panel!!!!)." —April 25, 2017 19:49 PM
"Paul Saunders – can’t you take a break from your hatred of those who don’t agree with your ideology? Why didn’t you also include Bernie and Hillary who believe everyone should have control over their body without government interference yet we need the government to protect us from every real and imagined goblin? Take a break, relax, enjoy a good glass of wine or cocktail while lighting up one of your favorite cigars and keep your politics on the MSN website." —April 25, 2017 18:19 PM
" @Paul Saunders, the FDA didn't make any ruling at all. They funded a study and didn't like the results so they didn't publish them. The New England Journal of Medicine did. Try reading the story first before you attempt sarcasm. " —April 25, 2017 17:48 PM
"Another fine example of why we are 19 trillion in debt." —April 25, 2017 17:36 PM
"Thank you Obama Administration/FDA for this important study. I was worried that kids were depleting the premium cigar stock, thereby reducing the number I could purchase and enjoy. Whew, huge relief!! Money well spent on the study to relieve my anxiety over this. (sarcasm intended)" —April 25, 2017 17:21 PM
"Seems like a waste of time and money. Why was this a question that even needed answering?" —April 25, 2017 14:35 PM
"Excellent article, though I'd like to urge that we always stress the Antismokers' abuse of children in their propaganda pitches. The word itself conjures up images of those five to ten or twelve years old in most people's minds. If you look at the pictorial imagery used in Antismoking ads the children they pick being attacked by clouds of smoke are far more often under ten years old than over it, and RARELY up in the 15 to 18 year age range. When writing about the study above, it's good to note this sort of thing by stressing it in the presentation, perhaps saying, "The research showed that less than 1% of children between 12 and 18 years old..." so that people remember that the older teens are the likely ones mainly in question here. (The article says "12 *to* 17" but I'm guessing the research actually covered young people up TO the age of 18... i.e. including all 17 year olds.) - MJM " —April 25, 2017 14:34 PM
"Cue the tea partiers and libertarians and Trumpers saying the FDA can't be trusted because it's a gov agency and should mind its own business? Oh wait -- it made a pro-cigar ruling, nevermind. LULz." —April 25, 2017 14:18 PM
"SHOCKER! What a waste of our money" —April 25, 2017 14:17 PM
"I love to see the fact that, our youth are going for what they can be easy to get and afford. Your average Cigar shop is not going to let our YOUTH get into what they shouldnt have " —April 25, 2017 13:58 PM