Menthol increases the frequency of smoking in young people – Consumer Health News

FRIDAY, June 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Adding menthol to cigarettes may increase smoking frequency and nicotine addiction in young people, according to a study published online June 6 in Open JAMA Network.

Eric C. Leas, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues assessed whether young menthol cigarette smokers smoked more frequently and had greater symptoms of nicotine addiction than young smokers. non-menthol cigarettes. The analysis included data from 1,096 young cigarette smokers (aged 12-17 at their baseline and follow-up interviews).

Researchers found that among youth who transitioned from quitting to smoking (61% of the sample), menthol consumption was associated with smoking for an additional 3.1 days, at a 59% higher risk to be a frequent smoker and 10% higher nicotine dependence scores. . However, switching from smoking menthol to smoking menthol-free was associated with 3.6 fewer days of smoking and a 47% lower risk of smoking frequently, compared to maintaining menthol consumption.

“These results provide strong support for the US Food and Drug Administration’s proposed ban on menthol flavors in cigarettes to protect our youth,” a co-author said in a statement.

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