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Smoking-Cessation Prevalence Among U.S. Smokers of Menthol Versus Non-Menthol Cigarettes.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Delnevo 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.

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