Menthol brand switching among adolescents and young adults in the national youth smoking cessation survey

Andrea C. Villanti, Gary A. Giovino, Dianne C. Barker, Paul D. Mowery, Varadan Sevilimedu, David B. Abrams

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Abstract

This study examines patterns of menthol and nonmenthol cigarette use from 2003 to 2005 in a cohort of smokers, aged 16 to 24 years in the National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey. At follow-up, 15.0% of baseline menthol smokers had switched to nonmentholated cigarettes; by contrast, 6.9% of baseline nonmenthol smokers had switched to mentholated cigarettes. Differences in switching patterns were evident by gender, race/ethnicity, parental education, and smoking frequency. These data support previous evidence that young smokers start with mentholated cigarettes and progress to nonmentholated cigarettes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1310-1312
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume102
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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