Menthol Cigarettes Make it Harder to Quit

November 12, 2012

Menthol Cigarettes Make it Harder to Quit

A new study, which appears in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, states that menthol cigarettes make it harder to stop smoking. The study also says that blacks and Peurto Ricans have the most difficulty when trying to stop.

The study was carried out by researchers from Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. They identified that menthol cigarette smoking was highest amongst females and 18 to 24 year olds. They also found that menthol cigarette use was high amongst blacks with 71.8% smoking them, 28.1% of Hispanics used them but only 21% of whites smoked them. Of the Hispanics 62% were of Peurto Rican origin and 19.9% were from Mexican origin.

It was also identified that smokers of menthol cigarettes were less likely to stop smoking than those who smoked ordinary cigarettes and that the blacks and Peurto Ricans were the least likely to stop smoking. The researchers say “Because our evidence suggests that the presence of menthol may partially explain the observed differences in cessation outcomes, the recent calls to ban this flavoring would be prudent and evidence-based”.

At the time of writing the U.S. Food and Drug Agency is deliberating on whether menthol cigarettes should be banned.

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