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Is it riskier to smoke menthol rather than tobacco cigarettes?


Is it true that smoking menthol cigarettes can put your lungs and arteries at greater risk of smoke related diseases than if you smoked normal tobacco cigarettes? Searching the net we found some information relating to several studies that had been carried out by a Dr Nicholas Vozoris of St Micheal’s Hospital and Queen’s University in Toronto. 

His research has found that it appears to be riskier, and he states, "A possible explanation is that mentholated cigarettes exert some selective effects on the cerebrovascular system," Vozoris also cited past research that found that menthol cigarette smokers had increased carotid artery stiffness, while both menthol and non-menthol cigarette smoking had the similar effects on coronary artery reserve flow.

In addition to this, a FDA advisory panel determined in March 2011 that menthol cigarettes were indeed more harmful and had concluded that it was "biologically plausible" that adding menthol to cigarettes made them more addictive and harder to quit.

They also stated that menthol was more than just a flavouring because it has "drug‐like characteristics that exaggerate the effects of nicotine on the smoker," by providing a "throat hit" sensory stimulation that could provide greater reinforcement of smoking behaviour.

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30th October 2012, 15:25