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Characteristics of Past 30–Day Cigar Smoking, U.S. Adolescents, 2020

Published:September 05, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2021.06.011

      Introduction

      Data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that cigars were the most commonly used combustible tobacco product in the past 30 days among youth. This study uses 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey data to report the prevalence estimates and characteristics of current cigar use, overall and by cigar type, among middle- and high-school students in the U.S.

      Methods

      Weighted prevalence estimates and 95% CIs were calculated in 2020 for overall cigar use and by cigar type.

      Results

      In 2020, current cigar smoking was reported by 3.5% of students (1.5% middle school and 5.0% high school). Cigarillos (44.1%) were the most reported cigar type smoked, followed by regular (33.1%) and little (22.6%) cigars; 21.8% did not know the cigar type. Most cigar smokers were in high school (81.2%) and were male (52.4%), and 42.3% were non-Hispanic White. More than half of cigar smokers reported smoking flavored cigars (58.3%), with fruit (61.5%), candy/desserts/other sweets (34.0%), and mint (30.4%) as the most frequently reported flavor categories. Approximately 1 in 5 current cigar smokers (18.4%) smoked on ≥20 days in the past 30 days, and 78.8% reported multiple tobacco product use.

      Conclusions

      Cigar smoking was highest among non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic youth. More than half of youth cigar smokers reported using flavored cigars, and most were also currently using other tobacco products. Cigarillos were the most reported cigar type used by youth, followed by regular cigars. These findings highlight the continued importance of youth tobacco use reduction strategies and can inform policy development.
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