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Health Advocates Call for Banning Flavored Cigars

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A recent report is raising concerns about cigar use among young people, especially Black youth. The Not your Grandfather’s Cigar study by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Rutgers Institute for Nicotine and Tobacco Studies documents the increased production of new flavored cigars and their accessibility to youth.

Health advocates are pushing the FDA to finalize its rule to ban flavored cigars which pose similar health risks as cigarettes, some of those health risks can be worse for youth.
An estimated 500,000 kids across the country use cigars.

Dr. Kymberle Sterling, an Associate Professor at Rutgers and Dennis Henigan with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids discussed the risks with WUGA.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!