ACC: Tobacco Flavor Study Demonstrates Appeal to Adolescents

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WASHINGTON (Oct 26, 2015) -

A statement from American College of Cardiology President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC, regarding a research letter published today in JAMA on flavored electronic cigarette use by adolescents:

"This study supports what common sense tells us: that adding flavors to tobacco and nicotine products makes them appealing to young people and most likely increase the chances they will use tobacco products," said American College of Cardiology President Kim Allan Williams Sr., M.D., FACC. "The United States has made excellent progress reducing smoking and reducing related preventable diseases, such as heart disease. Allowing companies to market these products to children, including with flavors that appeal to young people, is a harmful development. This trend threatens to undo the work to reduce deaths in heart disease from the decline in cigarettes smoking in the last 50 years."

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