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Cessation Outcomes Among Treatment- Seeking Menthol and Nonmenthol Smokers

Wednesday, April 10, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
D’Silva J, Boyle R, Lien R, Rode P, Okuyemi K. Am J Prev Med 2012;43(5S3):S242–S248.

This study compared baseline characteristics and quitting outcomes for menthol and non-menthol smokers who sought treatment through a quitline. Results showed that menthol smokers who called the quitline were slightly less likely to enroll in services than non-menthol smokers (92.2% vs. 94.8%, p=0.001). For those that did enroll, menthol and non-menthol smokers had no significant differences in self-reported quit rates. The authors conclude that quitlines appear to be serving menthol smokers equally well as they do non-menthol smokers. However, if a menthol ban motivates many menthol smokers to quit, quitlines may have to increase their capacity to meet the increase in demand.

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