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Limiting “Teen-Friendly” Cigars

What communities can do

Fact Sheet
Tobacco Prevention

Cigars, little cigars, and cigarillos are often among the first tobacco products that teens use.

Commonly sold individually or in small packages, these products are often low-priced and flavored like candy, making them especially attractive to young people.

Cigarettes are regulated by state and federal law and cannot be flavored or sold individually, but cigar products – which pose similar health risks – are not subject to the same regulations. 

To reduce youth access to these flavored, inexpensive tobacco products, local governments may want to eliminate the sale of individual cigars or those sold in packages of small quantities. This fact sheet explains how communities can limit the sale of individual cigars.