Quitting Menthol Cigarettes Is Harder Than Quitting Traditional Flavored Cigarettes

New research from the Tobacco Dependence Clinic at the Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health has gone to show why quitting smoking this resolution season might be harder for some smokers than others.

The study shows that people who smoke menthol brand cigarettes have a lower success rate at quitting the habbit than those who smoke traditional flavored cigarettes. This is particularly problematic for the African American and Latino communities, who prefer menthol cigarettes over full flavored brands.

Kunal Gandhi, the author of this new study and a researcher of addiction psychology states: “We previously found that menthol cigarette smokers take in more nicotine and carbon monoxide per cigarette. This study shows that menthol smokers also find it harder to quit, despite smoking fewer cigarettes per day,”

Researchers for this project believe that the cooling flavour of the menthol cigarettes makes it more easy to inhale more nicotine per puff. As such, smokers of menthols obtain a much stronger and more addictive dose of nicotine than smokers of traditional cigarettes.

Jonathan Foulds, the director for the Tobacco Dependence Program stated that more than 80% of African American smokers who attended his center smoked menthol cigarettes. Additionally, the menthol smokers demonstrate half of the quit rate of other African American smokers who prefer traditional cigarettes. The problems associated with the continued abuse of menthol cigarettes, coupled with the higher doses of nicotine could account for why African Americans have much higher rates of lung cancer, Foulds concluded.

Researchers were also concerned about the effects of smoking menthol cigarettes with a growing number of Latino smokers. They consider that the tobacco industry could be marketing menthol cigarettes to smokers of less affluent backgrounds as they consider they will become hooked on the habit by smoking less cigarettes per day.

The report will be published in next month’s edition of the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

12 Responses to Quitting Menthol Cigarettes Is Harder Than Quitting Traditional Flavored Cigarettes

  1. jake April 20, 2010 at 6:50 am

    that’s crazy the 2nd paragraph said blacks and latinos are effected by this cause it was one of my first thoughts

  2. Muhammad Morgan May 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

    My dad have bronchitis due to Smoking, he has a hard time quitting smoking. .:

  3. Hailey Hall May 18, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Nicotine is one of the most addicting substance in this world so avoid smoking cigarettes.’-:

  4. Daryl Tatum May 23, 2010 at 2:24 am

    This could be helpful “It does depend on the individual BUT it gets a little bit better every day. It’s like the days getting longer, you don’t really notice it and then one day you realise it’s light when you get home from work.What you must do is take pride in your achievement. No, don’t go round shouting it from the hills – just think it in your mind. Every day your resolve will get stronger as the need gets less.It’s hard my friend but hang on in there, it’s worth it in the end.and yes, I did stop smoking and yes, it was hard!

  5. Theo Shaw July 27, 2010 at 2:32 am

    oh well, nicotine is the number cause of lung disease. this substance can really kill your lungs…:

  6. `Melatonin August 20, 2010 at 1:19 am

    i just used some nicotine patches to stop smoking and it went well’:*

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  8. Zachary Evans September 13, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Nicotine is always addictive and you should limit consuming it-‘-

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