Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Same Old Song and Dance

The FDA is still beating the anti-menthol drum, even though it has been shown that menthol cigarettes are no more addictive.  In fact, they may even be less risky as compared to that of non-menthol cigarettes. Despite these findings, they still claim the opposite:

The FDA published preliminary results from a study it conducted that suggests "menthol cigarettes pose a public health risk above that seen with non-menthol cigarettes."

FDA considers tightening rules on menthol cigarettes - chicagotribune.com

Now, compare the above quote to the findings of this study published in Oxford University Press:

"Among both blacks and whites, menthol smokers reported smoking fewer cigarettes per day;"
"Menthol and non-menthol smokers showed equal odds of quitting. Both lung cancer incidence and mortality were lower in menthol smokers compared with non-menthol smokers, even after adjusting for pack-years of smoking."
 "Results do not support claims that menthol cigarettes are responsible for a greater lung cancer burden in African Americans and in fact raise the possibility of a lesser threat compared with non-menthol cigarettes."
 "Conclusions-The findings suggest that menthol cigarettes are no more, and perhaps less, harmful than non-menthol cigarettes."

Lung Cancer Risk Among Smokers of Menthol Cigarettes

Now what was that about menthol posing a greater health risk again?



Disclaimer: I do not smoke menthol cigarettes. Hell, but I might make the switch:-)

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