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Am J Public Health. 1995 Jan;85(1):67-72.

Menthol vs nonmenthol cigarettes: effects on smoking behavior.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 90024-1563.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to examine intraindividual differences in smoking behavior between smoking regular and mentholated cigarettes.

METHODS:

Healthy male smokers (n = 29) smoked either a regular or a mentholated cigarette in two separate sessions 1 week apart. Commercial brands with comparable tar, nicotine, and CO content were used. Smoking behavior was constrained by fixed 15-second interpuff intervals, but puff volume and number of puffs were unconstrained.

RESULTS:

When smoking the non-mentholated brand of cigarettes, participants smoked 22% more puffs and had 13% higher mean volumes per puff than they did when smoking the mentholated brand of cigarettes. The aggregate 39% excess exposure to cigarette smoke in the regular-cigarette condition was not accompanied by commensurate excesses in expired carbon monoxide or in physiological measures normally correlated with nicotine exposure.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings parallel differences in physiological correlates of exposure to nicotine found in cross-sectional comparisons of African-American and White smokers and are consistent with the results of emerging laboratory investigations.

PMID:
7832264
PMCID:
PMC1615279
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.85.1.67
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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