Are menthol cigarettes a starter product for youth?

Nicotine Tob Res. 2006 Jun;8(3):403-13. doi: 10.1080/14622200600670389.


This study assessed the relationship between menthol use and nicotine dependence. Data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that menthol cigarette use was significantly more common among newer, younger smokers. Additionally, youth who smoked menthol cigarettes had significantly higher scores on a scale of nicotine dependence compared with nonmenthol smokers, controlling for demographic background and the length, frequency, and level of smoking. The study suggests that menthol cigarettes are a starter product that may be associated with smoking uptake by youth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology*
  • Causality
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Flavoring Agents / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Menthol / administration & dosage*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Tobacco Industry*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology*
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Flavoring Agents
  • Menthol