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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Menthol Cigarettes Make Quitting Harder

Published August 16, 2011 3:34 PM by Valerie Newitt

Research from investigators at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and UMDNJ-School of Public Health suggests that menthol cigarettes are associated with decreased quitting in the United States, and that this effect is more pronounced for blacks and Puerto Ricans.

The findings, which appear in the Aug. 15 issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine, support the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products's current consideration of a ban on menthol cigarettes. The FDA's own Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee concluded that "removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States."

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