National Academies Releases Report on Premium Cigars Health Effects

On March 10, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published an independent report on the health effects of “premium” cigars.

flavor-banThe report was commissioned by FDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and provides a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on these products.

For example, the report includes information on short-term and long-term health effects, patterns of use, marketing and perceptions, and product characteristics of premium cigars.

The NASEM report provides valuable knowledge and adds to the FDA’s scientific understanding of premium cigars.

Here is a description of their purpose and goals:

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will evaluate the available evidence of the health effects related to the use of “premium” cigars and identify future federally funded research needs regarding “premium” cigars.

The committee will conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment and review of the scientific literature and provide a final report of the study results.

The literature review will first describe patterns of use for “premium" cigars, and how those may differ among cigar types and other tobacco products as well as by different populations (types of tobacco users, age, and other demographics).

The literature review will also include analysis of data on both short and long-term health effects of “premium cigars,” including but not limited to:

  • a description of health effects associated with the use of “premium” cigars and how that compares to use of 1) other cigar subtypes and 2) other tobacco products, particularly among vulnerable populations (e.g., youth) and those with underlying medical conditions
  • how variations in the patterns of use for “premium” cigars and other cigar subtypes may impact health outcomes
  • exposure to harmful and potentially harmful constituents in the tobacco and smoke and associated toxicity, among cigar users and non-users
  • abuse liability and dependence
  • a description of populations who use “premium” cigars versus 1) those who use other cigar subtypes, and 2) those who use other tobacco products (including demographic characteristics, tobacco use status, and factors that influence potential use)

Based on the literature review, the multi-disciplinary committee will make prioritized recommendations for future federally funded research on “premium” cigars.

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