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Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says

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    Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students and 7 percent of middle-schoolers have used some kind of tobacco product, and nearly 70 percent of middle and high school students who say they've used tobacco are going for the flavor. 

    "Flavored tobacco products are enticing a new generation of America's youth into nicotine addiction, condemning many of them to tobacco-related disease and early death," said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden.

    The Food and Drug Administration has outlawed the use of candy and other flavorings, except menthol, in cigarettes, but hasn't extended this ban to other tobacco products - including e-cigarettes.