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Survey: NM teens more likely to try flavored tobacco products

Updated: 06/12/2014 8:18 AM | Created: 06/12/2014 8:06 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico teens find flavored tobacco products more appealing than regular tobacco products, according to a new survey.

The (dis)tasteful campaign, a national youth-led movement to prevent tobacco use among kids, found about 85 percent of teens were more likely to try flavored tobacco products over non-flavored kinds.

Nearly 20 percent thought that flavored products were safer for them, but the FDA says you face the same health risks whether it's flavored or not.

The study also revealed that nearly 1,900 teens and kids in New Mexico become new daily smokers every year.

The campaign is working to prevent teens and kids from using tobacco of any kind by extending the current ban on flavored cigarettes to other flavored tobacco products.

In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act ended the tactics used to target and addict children by banning candy and other fruit-flavored cigarettes. However, the ban did not extend to non-cigarette tobacco products such as dissolvable tobacco and cigars.

More information about the survey will be released later Thursday morning.

Photo: MGN

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