More than 35 percent of Minnesota high school and middle school students have tried flavored cigars. Menthol cigarette use by Minnesota high school smokers increased from 20 percent to 44 percent from 2000 to 2014.
Taking flavored cigars and chewing tobacco, along with menthol cigarettes, out of convenience stores and into adults-only tobacco shops will reduce the number of teens using those products and getting hooked on nicotine.
According to a recent study published in Minnesota Medicine, raising the legal tobacco age to 21 would reduce the number of youth and young adult smokers in Minnesota by more than 30,000 in the next 15 years.
Every 10 percent increase in the price of tobacco reduces the number of youth who smoke by 5 percent. The 2013 tobacco tax increase is working in Minnesota. The youth smoking rate was down to 10.6 percent in 2014 from 22 percent in 2005.