Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Menthol: A Partner in Crime

February
2010

Menthol in cigarettes serves to soothe the throat, relieving the harsh and unpleasant effects of smoking non-mentholated cigarettes. Adding menthol allows a smoker to inhale larger amounts of harmful chemicals. Some tobacco and nicotine researchers debate whether menthol itself plays a role in the development of nicotine addiction.