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Am J Public Health. 2011 Jul;101(7):1234-6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300146. Epub 2011 May 12.

US attitudes about banning menthol in cigarettes: results from a nationally representative survey.

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  • 1Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


Menthol is a cigarette flavoring that makes smoking more appealing to smokers. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority to ban mentholated cigarettes to reduce youth uptake and encourage adult cessation. Survey findings indicate that more than half of all Americans (56.1%) and of Blacks alone (68.0% in one sample and 75.8% in another) support banning menthol. Endorsement of a ban-especially by Blacks, who have the highest rates of menthol cigarette use-would support FDA action to ban menthol to protect the public's health.

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