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Baltimore's Ban on Sale of Single, Cheap Cigars Will Protect Kids and Health
Date:1/14/2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

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Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein have acted to protect the city's children and health by issuing final regulations today that ban the sale of individual, cheap cigars. Under the regulation, cheap cigars would have to be sold in packs of five in the city of Baltimore. We also applaud Mayor Dixon for pursuing legislation in the City Council to strengthen enforcement and penalties to prevent the illegal sale of cheap cigars to minors.

The proliferation of cheap, individually sold cigars threatens to undermine efforts to prevent kids from smoking. Individual cigars, including so-called "little cigars," are more affordable to price-sensitive kids than regular cigarettes because they are sold individually for as little as 50 cents each, have lower excise tax rates and are exempt from state laws setting minimum pack sizes for cigarettes. Most insidiously, they often come in candy and fruit flavors, such as chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, cherry and cinnamon. They are often colorfully packaged and placed next to candy displays in retail outlets. The tobacco companies have a long history of using sweet flavors to attract new users, almost all of whom are children. Individually sold cigars also lack health warnings.

Like cigarettes, cigars are addictive and deadly, causing lung cancer, other cancers, heart disease and other serious illnesses. While cigarette consumption in the U.S. declined by 13 percent between 2000 and 2006, cigar consumption increased by more than 37 percent, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. Since 1998, small cigars have been the fastest growing segment of the expanding cigar market. Between 1998 and 2006, consumption of large cigars increased by 45 percent, while small cigar consumption increased by 154 percent. After cigarette smoking, cigar smoking is the second most common form of tobacco use among youth. The most recent data show that in 2007, 13.6 percent of high school students were current cigar smokers.

We applaud the leadership shown by Mayor Dixon and Health Commissioner Sharfstein and urge them to quickly implement the proposed regulation.

For more information, please see our fact sheet on cigars and the health harms they cause at www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0333.pdf.


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