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Menthol cigarettes increases smoking in teens: Study

Written by: QMI AGENCY
Jun. 20, 2014

Menthol flavored cigarettes. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files


Teens who smoke menthol cigarettes smoke more than those who light up non-menthols, a new Canadian study has found.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo said the reason is likely that the menthol gives youth the idea that the cigarettes are "less harmful" than other cigarettes.

"The minty taste helps mask the noxious properties, but the reality is that they are just as dangerous as any unflavoured cigarette," lead study author Sunday Azagba said in a release Friday.

The study found menthol users smoked an average of 43 cigarettes a week, close to double the 26 smoked by non-menthol users. Menthol smokers were also almost three times more likely to report they intend to continue smoking in the next year.

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The study, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, reviewed data from 4,736 smokes in Canadian high schools based on Health Canada's 2010-2011 Youth Smoking Survey.

The study has been published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control.

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