Menthol gives cigarettes a cool, minty flavor, making them easier and smoother to smoke. Menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes.
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– Menthol reduces the irritation in your throat when you smoke, making you draw smoke deeper into your lungs.
– Even if you smoke less, you can be more easily addicted.
– Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body.
– Smoking can make COVID-19 infections more severe.
– The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids recently released a report on how the tobacco industry has heavily marketed menthol tobacco products in Black communities. As a result, more Black smokers smoke menthol than any other group.
– Menthol disguises the harsh taste of tobacco behind a cool, minty flavor to make smoking easier and more appealing to teens and new smokers.
– The 2018 California Student Tobacco Survey found that 100% of high school students in LA County that reported smoke cigarettes, smoke mint/menthol flavored cigarettes.
-Nearly 50% of all Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual adult cigarette smokers in California smoke menthol cigarettes, compared to only 28% of straight adult cigarette smokers. Learn more.
– A national study found that 44.5% of African Americans who smoke and 44% of women who smoke would quit smoking if menthol cigarettes were banned. Learn more.
– Using any tobacco product can be harmful to your health, and that includes smoking menthols. Menthol cigarettes are just as harmful as regular cigarettes.
– Quitting smoking lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of cancer, heart attack, heart disease and stroke. Learn more.
– Quit smoking to protect your loved ones, furry friends, and household members from the risks of secondhand smoke.
– You can save the money you would’ve spent buying menthol cigarettes. Spend it on something else for yourself.
– Smoking can make COVID-19 infections more severe. Quit smoking to reduce your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more.
– Menthol smokers have a more difficult time quitting smoking and have more quit attempts than non-menthol smokers.
– Call 1-800-300-8086 or text QUIT SMOKING to 66819 for free counseling and free nicotine patches and to make a quit plan.
– Set a quit date and get tips for planning to quit. Learn how.
– Take walking breaks or do a light exercise when you have an urge to smoke.
– Drink a lot of water.
– Make a note to yourself: “Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but don’t give up! Keep going, keep trying!”
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