Now is the time to shed a light on menthol, the “original flavored” product the Tobacco Industry has used for a century to make smoking easier to start and harder to quit. 10 years ago, menthol cigarettes were exempted from the Tobacco Control Act, which banned all other flavored cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes were originally developed for and promoted to women, now they’ve shifted their focus to the African American community, LBGTQ and low-income individuals. Menthol cigarettes are even worse than regular cigarettes because menthol makes it easier for smokers to inhale more deeply and allows for harmful particles to settle deeper inside the lungs.
For decades, Big Tobacco has marketed menthol cigarettes to the African American community and unfortunately it has been very effective as 88% of African-American smokers use menthol cigarettes.
88% of African-American smokers use menthol cigarettes. For decades, Big Tobacco has marketed menthol cigarettes to the African American community.
Researchers at the Schroeder Institute found that menthol is used more among young adult tobacco users with mental health issues.
Menthol cigarettes make it easier for smokers to inhale toxic particles deeper into lungs, causing even more harm than regular cigarettes.