Everything You Need to Know About Menthol

Contents
  1. Menthol
  2. What is menthol used to treat?
  3. Common brands containing menthol:
  4. How much menthol can you take?
  5. Safety guide for menthol
  6. Safe use tips for cough or sore throat medicines:
  7. Safe use tips for mouth rinses:
  8. Safe use tips for topical medicines to treat minor aches and pains:
  9. For oral discomfort medicines: 
  10. For cough and sore throat medicines:
  11. For mouth rinses and oral discomfort medicines:
  12. For mouth rinses:
  13. What are the side effects of menthol?
  14. We Are Not Profit – Big tobacco preys on black communities using menthol cigarettes
  15. What To Know About The New Mass. Law Banning Flavored Vapes And Menthol Cigarettes
  16. NJ lawmakers ditch effort to stop menthol cigarette sales amid push to tackle vaping ban
  17. Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment Information – Drugs.com
  18. Uses of Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment:
  19. What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?
  20. What are some things I need to know or do while I take Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?
  21. How is this medicine (Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment) best taken?
  22. What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
  23. What are some other side effects of Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?
  24. If OVERDOSE is suspected:
  25. How do I store and/or throw out Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?
  26. Consumer information use
  27. Further information
  28. Menthol cigarettes are being banned in the UK – here is everything you need to know
  29. What types of cigarette are being banned?
  30. Why is the ban being introduced?
  31. Are menthol cigarettes less harmful?
  32. Menthol Cigarettes: What You Need to Know
  33. Is it harder to quit smoking menthol cigarettes versus regular cigarettes?
  34. Are menthol cigarettes worse for you than regular cigarettes?
  35. Do menthol cigarettes increase cancer risk?
  36. What else should people know about menthol cigarettes and their effects?

Menthol

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Menthol is either derived naturally from peppermint or other mint oils or synthetically manufactured. When used as an active ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, menthol has a number of different uses.

Depending on the dose and form, menthol can be used to relieve coughs; help control plaque or kill bacteria that can contribute to the development of gingivitis; relieve oral discomfort associated with canker sores, injury of the mouth and gums, sore throat, fever blisters, or cold sores; relieve minor aches and pains of muscles and joints; and relieve irritated lips and skin.

When taken orally or used topically in or around the mouth, menthol can be the only ingredient in topical cough suppressant medicines (such as lozenges or sprays) or it can be combined with other ingredients in oral multi-symptom cough and cold medicines, anti-gingivitis and anti-plaque products, or oral discomfort products.

Products used externally for topical pain relief may contain either menthol alone or menthol in combination with other active ingredients. Menthol can also be combined with other active ingredients in cough suppressant medicines (such as chest rubs and steam vaporizers) and skin protectants.

What is menthol used to treat?

  • Cough
  • Plaque or bacteria in the mouth that can contribute to gingivitis
  • Oral discomfort
  • Sore throat
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Irritated lips and skin

Common brands containing menthol:

For cough and sore throat:

  • Buckley’s®
  • Cēpacol®
  • Fisherman’s Friend®
  • Sucrets®
  • Vicks®

For minor aches and pains:

For plaque or bacteria in the mouth:

For irritated lips and skin: 

  • Blistex®
  • Carmex®
  • GOLD BOND®
  • Palmer’s®

For oral discomfort: 

Additional store brands (ex. Walmart’s “Equate” store brand or CVS Health store brand)

How much menthol can you take?

Different types of products containing this active ingredient have different strengths. That’s why it is always important to read and follow the Drug Facts label. Most medicines warn against use of an active ingredient for longer than 7-10 days. Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist.

Safety guide for menthol

Menthol is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is safe and effective when used according to the Drug Facts label.

Safe use tips for cough or sore throat medicines:

  • Topical cough suppressant lozenges should be placed in the mouth and dissolved slowly. You should never swallow a lozenge whole.

Safe use tips for mouth rinses:

  • Anti-gingivitis and anti-plaque products should not be swallowed.

Safe use tips for topical medicines to treat minor aches and pains:

  • Medicines intended to be applied to the skin should not be swallowed.
  • Certain products may be flammable. Keep away from open flame.
  • You should never heat, microwave, or add the medicine to hot water.
  • You should not bandage tightly or use a heating pad on the treated area.
  • You should avoid getting the product into your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • You should not apply to wounds or damaged skin.

For oral discomfort medicines: 

  • Talk to a healthcare provider before using an oral discomfort product containing menthol with a child under the age of 2. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 should be supervised when using these medicines.

For cough and sore throat medicines:

  • Do not give cough suppressant lozenges to young children.
  • Do not give an oral OTC cough medicine or multi-symptom cough and cold product to a child under the age of 4.

For mouth rinses and oral discomfort medicines:

  • Do not use an anti-gingivitis or anti-plaque mouth rinse containing menthol with a child under the age of 12.
  • Talk to a healthcare provider before using an oral discomfort product containing menthol with a child under the age of 2. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 should be supervised when using these medicines.

For mouth rinses:

  • You have painful or swollen gums.
  • Gingivitis, bleeding, or redness persists for more than two weeks.
  • Your symptoms do not improve, get worse, or if you develop additional symptoms.
  • You take too much or you accidentally ingest a medicine that is not intended to be swallowed. Anti-gingivitis and anti-plaque products should not be swallowed if you are using a mouth rinse containing menthol. Immediately contact a healthcare provider or the poison control national helpline at 800.222.1222.

What are the side effects of menthol?

  • Although rare, get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction from oral or topical application of menthol: hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Source: https://www.knowyourotcs.org/ingredient/menthol/

We Are Not Profit – Big tobacco preys on black communities using menthol cigarettes

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I’m outraged by the devious tactics Big Tobacco uses to target Black communities. We refuse to be victims of the predatory practices Big Tobacco uses to profit off our suffering. Currently, smoking-related illnesses kill more Black people than AIDS, car crashes and murder combined. That means while they’re making profits, we’re being killed.

Since the 1960’s, they have intentionally sold menthol cigarettes at discounted prices near schools that Black students attend in order to acquire new customers.

The impact on my neighbors, family, and friends has been devastating. Tobacco companies flood our neighborhoods with a deadly and addictive product — menthol cigarettes.

Even worse, menthol cigarettes numb the throat, allowing longer drags, absorbing deeper into the lungs.

We deserve more than to be treated an easy paycheck for the Big Tobacco’s endless greed.

I am reaching out to you today because I can no longer stand aside and watch Big Tobacco destroy my community with deadly products and I implore you to act.

Thank you for the steps you took to protect our youth by banning the sale of many flavored tobacco products in my community. Unfortunately, there’s one big problem – it left out menthol cigarettes.

Menthol cigarettes pose a grave threat to the Black community in particular. And I’m outraged by the devious tactics Big Tobacco has been using to target Black communities.

We need to stop being victims of the predatory practices Big Tobacco uses to profit off our suffering. Currently, smoking-related illnesses kill more Black people than AIDS, car crashes and murder combined.

That means while they’re making profits, we’re getting killed.

Since the 1960’s, they have intentionally sold menthol cigarettes at discounted prices near schools that Black students attend in order to acquire new customers.

The impact on my neighbors, family, and friends has been devastating. Tobacco companies have flooded our neighborhoods with a deadly and addictive product — menthol cigarettes.

Even worse, menthol cigarettes numb the throat, allowing longer drags, absorbing deeper into the lungs.

We deserve more than to be treated an easy paycheck for the Big Tobacco’s endless greed.

I am reaching out to you today because I can no longer stand aside and watch Big Tobacco destroy my community with deadly products and I implore you to take action.

Thank you for your leadership in the fight to keep our kids and the Black community safe from tobacco industry targeting. I’m so grateful that our city has banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and is helping to keep everyone safe from these deadly products.

But underage vaping continues to grow and marketing of these e-cigarettes to youth remains unregulated. I hope more people will work toward reversing the rise in teen vaping, and give California kids the chance to live out their childhood nicotine-free.

Sincerely,

Source: https://tobaccofreeca.com/we-are-not-profit/

What To Know About The New Mass. Law Banning Flavored Vapes And Menthol Cigarettes

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Gov. Charlie Baker has signed the country’s broadest prohibition on flavored tobacco into law. The measure makes Massachusetts the first state to permanently ban retail sales of all flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes and vape products.

The ban on flavored e-cigarettes takes effect immediately, while sales of menthol cigarettes will cease on June 1st, 2020.

At the signing ceremony on Wednesday, Baker framed the law as an effort to restrict underage use of nicotine products and protect people from the vape-related lung injuries that have killed at least 47 people in the U.S., including three in Massachusetts.

“Today we are here to sign a bill as a response to this crisis,” he said. “The bill goes a long way toward restricting access to the most addictive kinds of nicotine products. Longer term, the bill will keep kids and teenagers from getting their hands on vaping products, especially flavored products.”

The move comes two months after Baker declared a public health emergency on Sept. 24 that temporarily banned all vape product sales in the state following an uptick in vaping-related illnesses and deaths.

The state's Department of Public Health initially set out to impose Baker's ban for a period of four months, but the governor's office announced Wednesday it will lift early, on Dec. 11, while his administration drafts additional regulations.

Once the temporary ban is lifted, retailers will no longer be allowed to sell flavored vape cartridges. They will be able to sell devices that deliver nicotine, but not flavored nicotine. Backers of the law argue that flavored vapes have enticed younger users into vaping. Other flavored tobacco products are also being banned.

No — not in Massachusetts, anyway. There was some debate about exempting menthol cigarettes from the ban, but backers of the law prevailed, arguing that including menthol as a banned flavor will help the new law be more effective.

They will no longer be available for sale in Massachusetts, either.

Eventually, yes. Cannabis vaping products were included in Baker's original temporary ban. But a judge ruled that only the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has the authority to regulate medical cannabis products.

The CCC, however, opted to quarantine marijuana vaping products, effectively continuing the ban on sales until it can be determined that they are safe. The commission also intends to draw up regulations clarifying the steps it can take in the event of future public health concerns.

The ban on flavored vaping products takes effect immediately. The prohibition of flavored tobacco products kicks in on June 1, 2020.

Yes. When passing the law, legislators placed a 75% excise tax on all electronic nicotine delivery systems. Supporters of the law said imposing the tax will price vaping the reach of underage users.

With additional reporting from The Associated Press

Source: https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2019/11/27/explainer-flavored-tobacco-vaping-law

NJ lawmakers ditch effort to stop menthol cigarette sales amid push to tackle vaping ban

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Several states enacted temporary bans on the sale of flavored vaping liquids in the wake of an outbreak of illnesses and deaths connected to use of electronic cigarettes. NorthJersey.com

New Jersey lawmakers have given up, for now, an effort to stop sales of menthol cigarettes as part of their push for a ban on flavored vaping products that opponents fear goes beyond the federal prohibition announced earlier this month.

Bills that broadly ban flavored vaping products and liquids, revise taxes and increase penalties for violations were passed by the Assembly Appropriations and Senate Budget committees on Thursday.

The bills originally extended the ban to menthol cigarettes. But Assemblyman Herb Conaway, D-Burlington, a doctor who leads the Burlington County Health Department, said lawmakers wanted to know more about how banning menthols would affect the state’s cigarette tax revenue before taking action. 

The non-partisan Office of Legislative Services estimated that cigarette and sales tax revenues could decrease by as much as $231 million, but even that estimate acknowledges that the real impact is uncertain because some menthol smokers might instead buy other cigarettes. 

“Because we don’t know what that figure is, we don’t know what the impact is,” said Conaway, the bill sponsor. “We’re going to keep after this menthol thing in part because most of the kids who get hooked to nicotine today have started, according to surveys, with a menthol-containing product. For me, that’s reason to get rid of it.” 

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Kerri Chonsky, 21, of Englishtown, was just released from Jersey Shore University Medical Center after being treated there for pulmonary issues caused by vaping. NorthJersey.com

The Senate's top Democrat said a menthol cigarette ban would be addressed in the next several months.

“We’re going to readdress it in the budget next year, because it is a budget issue,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester. 

The slate of bills were lawmakers' response to a public health crisis and follow recommendations of a task force put together by Gov. Phil Murphy.

 Changes made on Thursday will double penalties for retailers who sell flavored products, beginning at $500 for a first offense, and give the Division of Treasury authority to suspend and revoke a vaping business’s license on the third or fourth violation, respectively. 

Vaping, particularly of THC, has been connected to the deaths of 55 people across the country and one woman in New Jersey, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vapes, also called e-cigarettes or vape pens, heat liquid to produce an aerosol that smokers inhale. The liquid can contain nicotine or tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the component of marijuana that produces a high

Lawmakers are working against a Tuesday deadline, when all bills that have not been acted on will need to be reintroduced. The vaping-related bills are scheduled for votes in the full Senate and Assembly on Monday, the last day of voting.

It may not be a slam dunk. Several lawmakers who voted for the bills on Thursday expressed doubt they would vote the same way on Monday.

“I do not agree that banning flavors in vape stores is something that we should be doing at this time, what we know and what we’ve heard,” said Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester. Burizchelli said that because he leads the Appropriations Committee, it was his job to pass the bill forward, so he voted yes.

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Vaping advocates and store owners spoke out against the ban, saying it would cut off a tool used to help people stop smoking cigarettes and would create a black market. Dozens of store owners urged senators to vote against the bills, and some said tearfully that they would go business if the flavor ban is implemented.

“This got started as a health debate,” said Danish Iqbal, president of the New Jersey Vapor Rights Coalition, which represents about 250 vape shops in the state.

“We’re not banning menthol cigarettes, we’re banning flavored vape in a state that’s hurtling toward the legalization of recreationally getting high.

A police officer might well pull you over in two years and say that better be weed in your vape, not strawberries.”

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E-cigarettes were initially sold as a way to help people curb nicotine addiction and cigarette smoking, but the industry, especially pioneering manufacturer Juul, has been scrutinized for marketing its products to children through the use of flavors watermelon, vanilla and chocolate chip cookie.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would crack down on sales of fruit- and mint-flavored vaping cartridges and pods.

The feds did not limit sales of vaping liquids that come in tanks or bottles, saying its approach was meant to curb products used by children while leaving vaping as an option for adults who want to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.

But opponents said those tanks and bottles are included in the ban advanced by New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday.

Meanwhile supporters of the bill called for lawmakers to reconsider the ban on menthol cigarettes as a more pressing public health issue.

“We wholeheartedly support banning flavors for e-cigarettes,” Corinne Orlando, of the American Heart Association, told the Senate Budget committee. “The reason why we’re opposed to the bill is we don’t feel it goes far enough. We feel that any attempt to address flavors needs to include all flavors. That’s menthol cigarettes, cigars — any tobacco product that has a flavor.”

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Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment Information – Drugs.com

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Generic Name: Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment (MEN thole)
Brand Name: Eucerin Skin Calming Lotion, Gold Bond Pain Relieving Foot Cream, Icy Hot Naturals, Icy Hot PM, JointFlex No Mess Roll-On

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 12, 2020.

Uses of Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment:

  • It is used to ease muscle and joint aches and pain.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?

  • If you are allergic to menthol cream, lotion, and ointment; any part of menthol cream, lotion, and ointment; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take menthol cream, lotion, and ointment with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take menthol cream, lotion, and ointment. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid using a heating pad or other heating devices on the treated area.
  • This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If menthol cream, lotion, and ointment is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Different brands of menthol cream, lotion, and ointment may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving menthol cream, lotion, and ointment to a child.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using menthol cream, lotion, and ointment while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment) best taken?

Use menthol cream, lotion, and ointment as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Do not take menthol cream, lotion, and ointment by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not put on cuts, scrapes, or damaged skin.
  • Do not put on open wounds.
  • Do not put on irritated skin.
  • Do not bandage tightly.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you use menthol cream, lotion, and ointment on a regular basis, put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times menthol cream, lotion, and ointment is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Burning or stinging feeling. Most of the time, this will go away after a few days.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Menthol Cream, Lotion, and Ointment?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Keep lid tightly closed.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about menthol cream, lotion, and ointment, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Menthol cigarettes are being banned in the UK – here is everything you need to know

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Menthol cigarettes are to be banned in the UK this month, as strict new legislation comes into force.

Over the last decades there have been a number of significant changes made to smoking laws in the UK.

In 2007, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland implemented a smoking ban that mean people could no longer smoke in enclosed public places, with Scotland passing a similar law in 2009.

That same year, the legal age to buy cigarettes was raised from 16 to 18 and packets have had to feature pictorial health warnings since 2008.

Now, the UK government is introducing a new change to the laws, which will mean smokers can no longer buy menthol cigarettes.

But why are menthols being banned in the UK and when will the new rules come into effect? Here is everything you need to know.

What types of cigarette are being banned?

The new laws will mean that menthol cigarettes, menthol filters and papers, and skinny cigarettes can no longer be produced and sold in stores in the UK.

The ban will also see the production of click dual cigarettes – such as Sterling Dual – that change from normal to menthol, halted.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said the new rules will mean that no person may produce or supply cigarettes or hand rolling tobacco with:

  • a filter, paper, package, capsule or other component containing flavourings;
  • a filter, paper or capsule containing tobacco or nicotine; or
  • a technical feature allowing the consumer to modify the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the product.”

The new smoking laws are set to be introduced from 20 May 2020 and form part of the EU Tobacco Product Directive laws, which were introduced on 19 May 2014.

The ban on menthols follows a four-year phasing-out period that saw smaller packs of rolling tobacco banned in 2017, as well as 10 packs of cigarettes.

Why is the ban being introduced?

The ban comes as part of a continued effort to prevent young people from smoking and reduce the number of people taking up the habit.

According to Cancer Research, two-thirds of smokers start before the age of 18 with tobacco smoking causing an estimated 100,000 deaths every year in the UK.

Amanda Sandford, information manager at ASH, welcomed the ban and said she hopes the move will lead to less young people smoking.

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“It is naturally hard to inhale smoke and for many the first time they smoke it is repugnant, but people persevere with it and that's when they become addicted,” she explained.

”There is evidence that menthol cigarettes relax the airways and the flavour masks the harshness of the smoke, therefore younger people find it easier to smoke.”

Arnott agrees, adding that the new rules will help the government reach its ambition for a smoke free England by 2030, which is defined by smoking rates below five per cent.

Are menthol cigarettes less harmful?

Sandford explains that there is no evidence to show menthol cigarettes are any less harmful to a person’s health than standard versions.

“It is an absolute myth that menthol cigarettes are better for you,” she said. “All cigarettes are harmful and menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as normal cigarettes.”

According to the NHS menthol can even increase the addictiveness of nicotine.

“Menthol is an additive that increases the addictiveness of the nicotine, though menthol by itself is not addictive in nature,” it explained.

“Menthol is a mild anaesthetic that numbs your throat and stimulates cold receptors that creates a cooling sensation.”

You can find more information about how to stop smoking here.

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/menthol-cigarettes-ban-uk-date-why-flavoured-click-dual-tobacco-a9516111.html

Menthol Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

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  • Some studies suggest menthol cigarettes may be more addictive, making them harder to quit than non-mentholated cigarettes, especially among African-American smokers — although the evidence for this is not conclusive.
  • Menthol in cigarettes helps masks the harshness of smoking, makes smoking more pleasurable, and therefore makes it easier to inhale cigarette smoke more deeply.

Menthol cigarettes and regular cigarettes have a similar design, but menthol cigarettes use menthol additives either within the tobacco or, in certain brands, within or near the cigarette filter to release a burst of menthol flavor while smoking the cigarette.

Regular cigarettes not labeled as containing menthol may also contain small but detectable quantities of menthol due to an intentional addition by the manufacturer, contamination in the manufacturing of menthol cigarettes in the same facility, or trace levels of menthol that occur naturally in the tobacco product itself.

Is it harder to quit smoking menthol cigarettes versus regular cigarettes?

Some studies suggest menthol cigarettes may be more addictive, making them harder to quit than non-mentholated cigarettes, especially among African-American smokers — although the evidence for this is not conclusive.

Quitting smoking is the best way to avoid smoking related health conditions. Call the Quitline (1800-Quit-NOW), visit Smokefree.gov, or talk to your doctor for assistance to quit smoking.

Are menthol cigarettes worse for you than regular cigarettes?

Smoking menthol cigarettes is at least as harmful as smoking non-menthol cigarettes. Menthol in cigarettes helps masks the harshness of smoking, makes smoking more pleasurable, and therefore makes it easier to inhale cigarette smoke more deeply.

Some research suggests that menthol in cigarettes makes smoking more attractive to youth, increases smoking uptake among youth, and may be more addictive and harder for smokers to quit smoking successfully than non-mentholated cigarettes.

Cigarette manufacturers often advertise menthol cigarettes as cool, refreshing, and better-tasting than regular cigarettes. These messages targeting African-American communities have been associated with their popularity among African-American smokers, contributing to disparities in cigarette smoking and health disparities in this population.

Do menthol cigarettes increase cancer risk?

Smoking all forms of cigarettes — menthol or non-menthol — is associated with increased risks of cancers, heart and lung diseases. Menthol cigarettes are as risky as regular cigarettes and are therefore associated with increased risks of cancer. 

What else should people know about menthol cigarettes and their effects?

Menthol in cigarettes does not make smoking safer than regularnon-mentholated cigarettes.

Smoking menthol cigarettes cause harm to one’s health, includingincreasing risks of cancers, heart and lung diseases.

Quitting smoking is the best way to avoid smoking related healthconditions. Call the Quitline (1800-Quit-NOW), visit Smokefree.gov, or talk toyour doctor for assistance to quit smoking.

Source: https://blog.dana-farber.org/insight/2019/01/menthol-cigarettes-what-you-need-to-know/