Can't quit them Newports, just can't

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  1. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The study says that African Americans are more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes. The researchers point out that they also suffer disproportionately higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other smoking-related illnesses. In fact, they found that African smokers are more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes than European Americans (70 percent compared to 30 percent).

    The report says "If menthol cigarettes were more harmful than non-menthol cigarettes, the higher exposure to menthol cigarette smoke among African American smokers could help explain racial/ethnic disparities in disease rates." But it appears it is just harder to quit smoking menthol cigarettes.

    Among the smokers, 808 were women and 727 men. In 1985, 972 (63 percent) preferred menthol cigarettes and 563 (36 percent) preferred non-menthol cigarettes; 89 percent of African Americans, compared with 29 percent of European Americans, smoked menthol cigarettes. Menthol smokers were also more likely to be younger, female and unemployed, to have a lower level of education and a higher body mass index, and to drink less alcohol and smoke fewer cigarettes per day.