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menthol cigaretteA cigarette with menthol flavouring.
First produced in 1925 under the Spud Menthol Cooled Cigarette banner, current brands of menthol cigarettes include Kool, Salem, Newports, Misty, Consulate, Belair, and menthol versions of Pall Mall, Marlboro and Camel. Menthol cigarettes constitute 20% of all cigarettes sold in the US.
Accumulating data suggest that it is more difficult to quit smoking menthol cigarettes than non-menthol cigarettes, an observation attributed to the cooling effect of menthol, which allows the smoker to inhale deeper and thereby deliver more nicotine, possibly increasing his or her nicotine dependence.