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

New Evidence on the Health Risks of Menthol-flavored Cigarettes

July
2013

A recent report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that menthol-flavored cigarettes are associated with a greater health risk than non-menthol cigarettes.  Although there is not enough evidence to suggest that menthol cigarettes increase the risk of smoking-related diseases, they are however related to increased smoking initiation among youth and young adults.  Additionally, individuals who smoke menthol-flavored cigarettes display greater signs of nicotine dependence and have lower rates of successful quitting.  Based on this new evidence the FDA is considering possible restriction of sales of menthol cigarettes.