Cessation Outcomes Among Treatment-seeking Menthol and Nonmenthol Smokers
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
J, Boyle RG, Lien R, Rode P, Okuyemi KS. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Nov;43(5 Suppl
3):S242-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.07.033.
This study compared baseline characteristics and cessation outcomes of menthol
and nonmenthol smokers who sought help for quitting through a quitline. A
random sample of 6257 participants was contacted for a follow-up survey
seven-months after registration (n=1147). Results showed that 18.7% of smokers
reported using menthol cigarettes. Menthol smokers were slightly less likely to
enroll in quitline services than nonmenthol smokers. However, for those that
did enroll, quit rates did not differ between menthol and nonmenthol smokers
(30-day point prevalence abstinence at 7 months, 17.3% vs. 13.8%, p=0.191). The
authors conclude that while cessation outcomes for menthol smokers are
comparable to nonmenthol smokers, a menthol ban may motivate many menthol
smokers to quit thus increasing the demand for quitline services.