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:-)