Menthol cigarette smoking and health, Florida 2007 BRFSS

Am J Health Behav. 2011 Jan-Feb;35(1):3-14. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.35.1.1.


Objective: To examine associations between menthol cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence, quit attempts, and physical and mental health.

Methods: Data were drawn from the 2007 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and a follow-up survey among current smokers (N = 3396). Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted.

Results: In multivariate analyses, menthol cigarette smoking was associated with women, African American and Hispanic race/ethnicity, and greater mental distress.

Conclusions: Women, racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals reporting a greater frequency of mental distress are more likely to smoke menthol versus nonmenthol cigarettes. Implications for public health policy and cessation interventions are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
  • Consumer Behavior / statistics & numerical data
  • Ethnicity
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Menthol / administration & dosage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Self Report
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology*


  • Menthol