Smoking-Cessation Prevalence Among U.S. Smokers of Menthol Versus Non-Menthol Cigarettes.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
CD, Gunderson DA, Hrywna M, Echeverria SE, Steinberg MB. Am J Prev Med. Online
First August 15, 2011.
This study examined whether smoking menthol cigarettes make it harder to quit
than smoking non-menthol cigarettes, and whether this relationship differs by
race/ethnicity. The results showed that menthol cigarette smokers were about 9%
less likely to have quit smoking overall compared with those who smoked
non-menthol cigarettes. But in looking at quit rates among certain ethnic
groups who smoke menthol cigarettes, Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin were 43%
less likely and African-Americans were 19% less likely to quit smoking. The
authors concluded that these findings support the recent calls to ban menthol
flavoring in cigarettes.