There was a significant decrease in flavored tobacco product use among U.S. youth in middle and high school between 2014 and 2016, but the trend reversed from 2016 to 2017, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.
“Flavored tobacco products could serve as a starter kit for smoking because adolescents often experiment with smoking in pursuit of curiosity and novelty,” Hongying Dai, PhD, an associate professor at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “Also, concerns have been raised about the potential inhalation toxicity of flavoring. No form of tobacco use is safe for teens.”
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