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Menthol cigarettes have a minty taste that makes some smokers think they are healthier than regular cigarettes. This is not true! In fact, menthol cigarettes contain even more chemicals than regular cigarettes. Also, menthol can make it easier for a smoker to inhale deeply, which may allow more chemicals to enter the lungs. As a result, menthol cigarettes may be even more harmful than regular cigarettes.
Most African-American smokers prefer menthol cigarettes. And low quit rates among African-Americans have been linked to smoking menthols. Cigarette companies have worked hard to bait and hook more African-Americans and young smokers on menthol cigarettes. For example, companies use marketing tactics that appeal to this audience, such as featuring young hip hop artists in ad campaigns, with the hopes that they may become brand-loyal, lifelong customers. Learn more about African-American women and smoking.
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