Associations of Menthol Use with Motivation and Confidence to Quit Smoking

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Objectives: To examine associations of menthol cigarette use with motivation and confidence to quit smoking, and potential moderation by race, among adult current smokers (N = 1067; 85% White, 15% Black). Methods: Regression analyses, adjusted for sociodemographics and tobacco dependence, examined associations of menthol use with motivation and confidence to quit smoking with and without an interaction term for race. Results: Main effects were not significant; however, there was a significant interaction for confidence to quit smoking (p = .02). Stratified analyses indicated that Black menthol users were more confident about quitting than Black non-menthol users (p = .01). Conclusions: Given their relatively lower quit rates as cited in previous literature, Black menthol users appear overly confident about their ability to quit smoking.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 2: Department of Epidemiology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 3: Professor and Director, Program in Health Disparities Research, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN 4: Professor and Executive Director, Center for Health Equity, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Publication date: September 1, 2013

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