Overall, a majority of adolescents in the United States report current cigar warning labels to be very believable, according to the new study from the UNC School of Medicine. But the results suggest more work is needed to establish the best warnings to dissuade young people from smoking cigars.
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, included a national phone survey of 1,125 adolescents from ages 13 to 17. The survey presented people with one of three current cigar health warnings that specifically isolate the risk of cigar smoke:
Cigar smoking can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, even if you do not inhale.
Cigar smoking can cause lung cancer and heart disease.
Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes.