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Tob Induc Dis. 2011 May 23;9 Suppl 1:S4. doi: 10.1186/1617-9625-9-S1-S4.

Menthol and initiation of cigarette smoking.

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Center for Tobacco Products, U,S, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, MD, USA. Joahua.Rising@fda.hhs.gov.

Abstract

The use of tobacco products would not continue without the initiation of their use by youth and adults. Since the vast majority of cigarette smokers begin smoking by age 25, understanding the role of menthol cigarettes in the initiation of smoking in youth (under the age of 18) and young adults (aged 18-25) is especially relevant. Data demonstrate that menthol cigarettes are disproportionately used by youth and young adults. This review seeks to examine what role, if any, menthol plays in the initiation of cigarette smoking. Overall, there is a paucity of data on this topic. The data that do exist suggests that youth who have smoked for less than 1 year are more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes than youth who have smoked for more than 1 year. A lack of data prevents further conclusions on the role of menthol cigarettes in the initiation of smoking.

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