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Open Access Quitting and Switching: Menthol Smokers' Responses to a Menthol Ban

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Objective: This research examined e-cigarette use among menthol smokers and the role of e- cigarettes in response to a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes. Methods : Data were obtained from the 2014 Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey. Results: Among Minnesota adult smokers, 25% use menthol cigarettes. Approximately half reported they would quit smoking if menthol cigarettes were banned; 12.3% reported they would switch to menthol e-cigarettes. Almost 75% of menthol smokers have tried e-cigarettes; 58% of whom used them to try to quit cigarettes. Conclusions: Nearly half of menthol smokers are ready to quit, and report that a ban would provide additional momentum for quitting. Many are already using e-cigarettes as cessation aids, despite a lack of evidence regarding efficacy.

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Keywords: E-CIGARETTES; MENTHOL CIGARETTES; POLICY; REGULATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2015

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  • Tobacco Regulatory Science (Electronic ISSN 2333-9748) is a rigorously peer-reviewed online scientific journal for the dissemination of research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products. The journal content includes a broad array of research domains, including chemistry, biology, behavior, community, and population-level surveillance and epidemiology, as well as knowledge syntheses (eg, meta-analyses or state-of-the-art reviews) and analytic modeling. All articles describe the policy relevance of the research outcomes. Given the global nature of tobacco regulation, particularly as a result of international and national policies, Tobacco Regulatory Science publishes high quality research that is relevant to global regulatory needs and requirements. Tobacco Regulatory Science is published electronically 6 times per year.
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