Not only is use of menthol cigarettes more common among novice smokers than among well-practiced smokers (44.6% compared with 31.8%), use of the cigarettes has risen from 31% in 2004 to 33.9% in 2008.
Menthol is a mint-like additive that feels soothing. One can see the appeal to those -- adolescents, perhaps -- not used to deliberately dragging smoke into their lungs. But cigarette smoke is still cigarette smoke.
-- Tami Dennis
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