By Staff Writer
Adding menthol to cigarettes may make them more addictive and increase the chances that an individual will require therapy from a drug rehab facility to kick their addiction, according to a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The report says that menthol has a cooling effect that makes the smoke of cigarettes less harsh, according to the Los Angeles Times. This could encourage people to start smoking at a younger age and make it easier for individuals who are already smokers to consume more cigarettes.
The findings of the report could lead to major changes in the sale of menthol-flavored tobacco products. The news source reports that FDA previously banned candy or fruit flavored cigarettes, as they are likely to encourage young people to smoke. If menthol cigarettes are found to have the same effect, it could possibly lead to similar sanctions.
A recent study published in the journal Addiction similarly found that menthol smokers who try to quit tend to be less successful in their attempt, according to ABC News.