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Cessation Outcomes Among Treatment-seeking Menthol and Nonmenthol Smokers

Wednesday, November 7, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
D'Silva 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.

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