Tobacco Companies Using Menthol To Get Young Smokers Hooked

July 17, 2008

A new study has revealed that big tobacco companies have begun using varying menthol levels in cigarettes attract and hook new young smokers.Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has revealed that big tobacco companies have begun using varying menthol levels in cigarettes attract and hook new young smokers.

Researchers who took part in the study believe that tobacco companies are doing this on purpose to try and get younger people, especially African-Americans, hooked.

Menthol has long been viewed as being used for novice smokers to make the practice easier to get used to..

The study revealed that 70% of African American smokers use menthol cigarettes, compared to only 30% of white smokers.

It was also found that menthol was the dominant brand smoked by African-American teens.

As of right now, a bill is in Congress which would give the U.S. Food and Drug Admininstration the power to regulate menthol levels.

The paper is set to be published in the American Journal of Public Health.


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