A study conducted by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has unveiled that a considerable number of adults who smoke cigarettes consume menthol-based products.
The study was released in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
The findings were established by analyzing nationally representative data from more than 120,000 adults living in the U.S.
The study uncovered a significant overall increase in menthol cigarette use among adult smokers between 2008 and 2019, with a seven percent increase.
“A notable finding was the increase and majority menthol use among Hispanic adults over the study period (34% in 2008 to 48% in 2019) and 51% in 2020, with a more rapid increase among Hispanic compared with Non-Hispanic white smokers,” according to the study’s authors.
“Our study shows persistent and unmitigated inequities in menthol use among tobacco use disparity group members in particular. Data from 2020 demonstrate that the increase in menthol use among smokers over the past decade was broadly evident across subgroups.”