Quitting might be harder for menthol cigarette smokers

August 16, 2011 8:59:43 AM PDT
A new study shows people who smoke mint-flavored cigarettes are less likely to be successful at kicking the habit.

Menthol smokers were about 9 percent less likely to quit smoking overall, compared with those who smoked non-menthol cigarettes.

Among ethnic groups, this quit-rate is even bigger among Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin and African-Americans.

An FDA advisory committee is recommending that the agency remove menthol cigarettes from the market to improve public health.

The FDA is considering the action.

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