Menthol gives cigarettes a cool, minty flavor, making them easier and smoother to smoke. Menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes.
– 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 tobacco industry has heavily marketed menthol cigarettes in African Americans communities. African Americans smoke menthols more 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 smoke cigarettes, smoke mint/menthol flavored cigarettes. (2018 California Student Tobacco Survey)
– 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.
– Smoking cigarettes or using any tobacco products can be harmful to your health. 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.
– 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-NO-BUTTS 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!”
California Smokers’ Helpline 1-800-NO-BUTTS – Free Nicotine Patches
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