Title: Cigarette smoking frequency, quantity, dependence, and quit intentions during adolescence: Comparison of menthol and non-menthol smokers

Authors: Dale S. Mantey, Onyema Greg Chido-Amajuoyi, Onyinye Omega-Njemnobi, LaTrice Montgomery

Publication: May 15, 2021

Description: Use of menthol cigarettes is linked to sustained cigarette smoking in adults. However, the relationship between menthol and smoking profile has not been thoroughly explored in adolescent cigarette smokers. This study examines the relationship between the use of menthol cigarettes and smoking frequency (i.e., days per month), quantity (i.e., cigarettes per day), quit intentions, and nicotine dependence (i.e., craving tobacco; use within 30 minutes of waking). Findings suggest the relationship between menthol and cigarette smoking profile (i.e., frequency, quantity, quit intentions) is different for youth than that of adults. This study adds adolescent-specific evidence to existing research that suggests menthol reinforces sustained cigarette smoking among youth.

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