According to research by the University of Waterloo, after the projected U.S. ban on menthol cigarettes, over 1.3 million smokers are likely to quit.
The research appeared in Tobacco Control.
The findings came about through the evaluation of Canada’s ban on menthol cigarettes, which sufficed in 2017. Data was obtained and examined from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project and the Ontario Menthol Ban Study.
Researchers project a cessation rate of 1,337,988 U.S. smokers from the use of menthol cigarettes.
“Our study confirms that Canada’s menthol cigarette ban led to substantial public health benefits,” said one co-author of the study in a news release.
“These findings provide the foundation for the U.S. and other countries considering menthol cigarette bans to estimate the possible impact of such bans on reducing smoking,” explained another co-author.
The national ban of menthol cigarettes was first proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.