Tobacco companies are looking for the next generation of “replacement smokers” and profits: YOUTH.

Nearly 90% of adult smokers began smoking at or before the age of 18. As we teach our kids about the dangers of tobacco, there is an entire industry working against us, spending millions of dollars in Rhode Island to encourage them to start smoking.

Tobacco companies sweeten the bad taste and mask the bad smell of tobacco products by developing candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products.

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They use pricing discounts and promotions to make their products cheaper and more accessible to youth.


Candy-flavored cigarettes are now illegal, but tobacco companies can still make and sell other flavored tobacco products, like cigars, cigarillos, chew, snus, and tobacco products that dissolve in your mouth.

RJ Reynolds

The facts and statistics referenced on this website are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Trade Commission, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Lung Association, the Rhode Island Department of Health the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.

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