Menthol cigarettes have been a hot topic in health news as of late. It seems that the U.S. government is about to make a decision about whether or not to ban menthol in cigarettes. In Canada, cigarillos and flavored cigarettes are already banned. The controversy around menthols stems from the fact that smoking rates have increased, largely due to younger smokers who have taken up smoking the menthol-flavored cigarettes.
Weighing in on the debate are two recent studies conducted in the States: one from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN, and the other from the Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research, School of Public Health. Continue reading