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Tob Induc Dis 2011 May 23;9 Suppl 1:S7

The health effects of menthol cigarettes as compared to non-menthol cigarettes.

Hoffman AC

Abstract

Since the 1920s, menthol has been added to cigarettes and used as a characterizing flavor. The health effects of cigarette smoking are well documented, however the health effects of menthol cigarettes as compared to non-menthol cigarettes is less well studied. This review discusses menthol's effects on 1) biomarkers of tobacco smoke exposure, 2) toxicity and cellular effects, 3) lung function and respiration, 4) pulmonary and/or vascular function, 5) allergic reactions and inflammation, and 6) tobacco-related diseases. It is concluded that menthol is a biologically active compound that has effects by itself and in conjunction with nicotine, however much of the data on the other areas of interest are inconclusive and firm conclusions cannot be drawn.


Category: Journal Article, Review
PubMed ID: #21624153
PubMed Central ID: #PMC3102906
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Tobacco
Entry Created: 2011-10-03 Entry Last Modified: 2012-08-29
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