The Facts on Flavorings

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  • 90% of smokers start by age 18. [6]
  • In 2014, 70% of teenagers who used tobacco reported using a flavored product within the past 30 days. [7]
  • Cheap candy and fruit flavored cigarillos are often packaged and sold in kid-friendly flavors like fruit punch and watermelon, and placed next to candy displays to entice kids to start smoking.
  • Teens in Philadelphia are now more likely to smoke cigars than cigarettes. From 2011 to 2015, while cigarette use declined from 9.6% to 7.2%, cigar use rose from 6.0% to 10.5%, and nearly tripled among black youth (from 4.5% to 11.9%). [8]
  • A 2013 study showed that stores in majority black neighborhoods in Philadelphia were 74% more likely to have tobacco ads near children’s products. [9]

It’s time to Break The Cycle of tobacco use. We have the power, Philly!