Menthol cigarettes represent a significant public health issue. In the United States 88.5% of African-American adult smokers use menthol cigarettes compared to 20% of adult Caucasian smokers. In Minnesota, 44.3% of high school smokers report using menthol tobacco. Youth are attracted to menthol products because their cooling sensation masks the harsh taste of tobacco. Tobacco companies target menthol products to youth, African Americans and other targeted populations. Menthol cigarettes have been proven to be more difficult to quit in large part because of their anesthetic effect, which eases the ability to take in more nicotine.

The Physician Advocacy Network will be creating evidence based continuing medical education trainings and resources on menthol cigarettes in the coming month. In the interim, please explore these resources for more information.

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