A recent research claims that flavored cigarettes, such as menthol cigarettes, seduce college students and other youth to smoke more than unflavored ones.
Sunday Azagba, a scientist at University of Waterloo in Canada, said that the reason for the craze for menthol ciggies among teens stems from the notion that these cigarettes are less harmless than the nonmenthol ones.
AdvertisementThe youth are deluded into believing that the mint taste hides the toxic properties of the cigarettes.
But in reality, it is the other way round. The flavored cigarettes pose greater danger than the unflavored ones.
The research was carried out in Canada with a focus on smoking habit of youth.
The findings revealed that menthol smokers were almost three times more vulnerable to carry over the habit to the next year than nonmethol smokers.
Azagba said 'There is a growing concern that the high popularity of these menthol cigarettes among the current youth may hinder the recent progress in preventing other young people from smoking. This is because many of them may find it interesting to experiment with the menthol flavoured ciagrettes rather than the unflavoured brands,"
He added that we need new laws to ban all added flavors in all tobacco products.
The study was published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control.