Tobacco started as a roll-your-own cigarette and required some skill and experience on how much tobacco to pour on the paper, how to roll it, how to lick it and how to light it with a matchstick. But the world has since moved on and now all this is done in the factories for our ease and comfort.
And now we are a step ahead from simple cigarettes because there are flavored cigarettes in the market. They may be a welcome sign by the chain smoker, but they actually draw in young people and hook them to cigarettes in the name of exotic flavors.
A study was conducted by scientists from the University of North Carolina (UNC) by reviewing 40 other studies having similar topics. They assessed people’s attitude towards non-menthol tobacco flavors such as vanilla, cherry, toffee and chocolate.
The first author of the study Li-Ling Huang, PhD, said in a university news release, “We found that flavors for most tobacco products have a universal and rather strong appeal to youth and young adults, and that they were perceived as less harmful among younger people.”
The study pointed out that some of the cigarettes were less appealing to women because of having a taste for different flavors.
But still, flavors remain the common cause why teenagers experiment with cigarettes and then regularly use them.
In addition, teens also believed that flavored e-cigarettes are less harmful than flavored tobacco cigarettes.
According to the researchers, banning non-menthol cigarettes could reduce the use of cigarettes worldwide. Although The US Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale of non-menthol flavored cigarettes, menthol cigarettes are easily available. Also in the market are flavored cigars, cigarillos, hookahs and e-cigarettes.
Other scientists also point out that e-cigarettes are not the best way to stop smoking. Although e-cigarettes have fewer toxins, they have the same amount of harmful particulate matter as cigarettes. In addition, the safety of e-cigarettes has not been proven yet and there are other ways to quit smoking if a person wants to.