1.3 million smokers could quit if the United States banned menthol cigarettes

MONDAY, May 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) — If the United States were to institute a ban on menthol cigarettes, an estimated 1.3 million smokers would quit, according to a study published online April 28 in tobacco control.

Geoffrey T. Fong, Ph.D., of the University of Waterloo in Canada, and colleagues estimated the impact of Canada’s menthol ban on smoking cessation using data from the Ontario Menthol Ban Study and the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey in Canada and projected the impact of a menthol ban in the United States.

The researchers found that after banning menthol cigarettes, daily menthol smokers were more likely than non-menthol smokers to have quit (difference, 8.0%), with similar results seen for daily and non-daily smokers (difference, 7.3%). If the United States instituted a similar ban on menthol, the expected number of smokers quitting would be 789,724 daily smokers (including 199,732 African Americans) and 1.34 million daily and non-daily smokers (including 381,272 African Americans). -Americans).

“Our study confirms that banning menthol cigarettes in Canada has resulted in substantial public health benefits,” Fong said in a statement. “Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Canada, the United States and around the world.

One author disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry; two authors have ties to the e-cigarette industry.

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