Smokers of menthols may have a harder time quitting

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Smoking menthol cigarettes may make butting out for good harder: study

Provided by: Canadian Press
Written by: SHERYL UBELACKER
Sep. 25, 2006

TORONTO (CP) - Menthol and regular cigarettes appear to be equally harmful to the cardiovascular system and lungs, but smokers of menthols may have a harder time butting out for good, new research suggests.

In a study that followed more than 1,500 smokers over 15 years, U.S. researchers found that those who smoked menthol cigarettes in 1985 were more likely to still be smoking in 2000: almost 70 per cent of those whose tobacco of choice was menthol were still smoking compared with about 55 per cent of those who chose regular cigarettes.

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