Blunt products more popular in states where marijuana is legal

A study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health finds that cigars commonly used to roll blunts—hollowed out cigars that are filled with marijuana and smoked—dominate the cigar marketplace in states where recreational marijuana is legal compared to nationally. The findings, which could help direct tobacco prevention efforts, are published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

“Cigars with fruit flavors, the brand Swisher Sweets, and inexpensive, small pack sizes are valued among blunt users,” said Daniel Giovenco, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and first author. “Our study demonstrates that these tobacco products hold a larger percent of the market share in states with recreational marijuana laws.”

Using 2016 tobacco sales data obtained from the Nielsen Research Company, the authors compared cigarillo sales in regions with legalized recreational marijuana (i.e., Denver, CO; Seattle,…

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