Flavored cigarettes, such as Camel Exotic Blends, Kool Smooth Fusion and Salem Silver Label brands, began to be marketed in the late 1990s. Concerns exist about flavored cigarettes due to the appeal such products may have for young people.
This study examined flavored cigarette use by individuals between the age of 17–26 years and those 25 years of age and older. Study participants were part of two national telephone surveys, the National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey (NYSCS) and the Assessing Hardcore Smoking Survey (AHCSS), conducted in 2004 and 2005.
Flavored cigarette use was most prevalent among youth between 17–19 years of age. Although used somewhat infrequently, the fact that younger individuals reported the highest usage is an area of concern.