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.
The 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
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
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.