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An estimation of the harm of menthol cigarettes in the United States from 1980 to 2018

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Title
An estimation of the harm of menthol cigarettes in the United States from 1980 to 2018
Published in
Tobacco Control, February 2021
DOI 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-056256
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Authors

Thuy TT Le, David Mendez

Abstract

Menthol cigarettes are thought to encourage smoking initiation among youths and young adults and make it more difficult for smokers to quit, thus increasing cigarette harm. However, no study to date has quantified the damage that menthol cigarettes have caused the US population. To estimate the excess smoking prevalence, smoking initiation, and mortality in the US from 1980 through 2018 that can be attributed to menthol cigarettes. Using a well-established simulation model of smoking prevalence and health effects and data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), we first reproduced the overall US adult smoking prevalence between 1980 and 2018 (pseudo-R2=0.98) and associated mortality. Then we re-ran the model, assuming that menthol cigarettes were not present in the market over the same period. Finally, we compared both scenarios to quantify the public health harm attributable to menthol over the 1980-2018 period. From 1980 to 2018, we found that menthol cigarettes were responsible for slowing down the decline in smoking prevalence by 2.6 percentage points (13.7% vs 11.1% in 2018). Our results also show that menthol cigarettes were responsible for 10.1 million extra smokers, 3 million life years lost and 378 000 premature deaths during that period. With millions of excess smoking initiators and thousands of smoking-related deaths due to mentholated cigarettes from 1980 through 2018, our results indicate that these products have had a significant detrimental impact on the public's health and could continue to pose a substantial health risk. Our findings can assist the Food and Drug Administration in evaluating potential regulatory actions for mentholated tobacco products.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 2 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 13%
Other 1 7%
Professor 1 7%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 7 47%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 2 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 13%
Engineering 1 7%
Unknown 10 67%
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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 887. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 January 2024.
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