US attitudes about banning menthol in cigarettes: Results from a nationally representative survey

Jonathan P. Winickoff, Robert C. McMillen, Donna M. Vallone, Jennifer L. Pearson, Susanne E. Tanski, Janelle H. Dempsey, Cheryl Healton, Jonathan D. Klein, David Abrams

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Abstract

Menthol is a cigarette flavoring that makes smoking more appealing to smokers. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority to ban mentholated cigarettes to reduce youth uptake and encourage adult cessation. Survey findings indicate that more than half of all Americans (56.1%) and of Blacks alone (68.0% in one sample and 75.8% in another) support banning menthol. Endorsement of a ban-especially by Blacks, who have the highest rates of menthol cigarette use-would support FDA action to ban menthol to protect the public's health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1234-1236
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume101
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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