These days, every major cigarette manufacturer across the globe has menthol cigarettes in their product lines. Introduced at the end of the first quarter of the 20th century by cigarette companies to stay afloat in the growing competition and to bring the much needed variety to their product portfolio, menthol brands soon took over classic cigarettes to become the most preferred flavor among customers, both occasional and chain smokers. Studies conducted by various organizations show that more than 60% of regular smokers prefer menthol cigarettes over classic brands. For African Americans, the number is 79%. What is it about menthol that makes it so popular?

Menthol is a chemical compound that is found both as a natural extract and synthetically made, and it gives a cool feeling in the throat and lungs when inhaled. When used in cigarettes, it gives the smoker a cool and smooth inhalation as opposed to a more burning sensation of classic cigarettes. As a result, the smoker feels it is easy to inhale more smoke into his / her lungs without any problems. Usually, as seen, with cheap menthol cigarettes, smokers tend to inhale in small, shorter and low puffs as they begin to enjoy the cold sensation that each puff brings. Studies conducted on cigarette smoking patterns in different nations point out that this combined with the numbing effect of mint flavor is the reason why a smoker tends to smoke more menthol cigarettes. In short, menthol variants are proving to be more addictive than the classic brands. No wonder, menthol varieties have become the most sought after cigarette brands worldwide.

Another aspect that attracts smokers to menthol cigarettes is its relatively cheaper price. For example, the menthol variant of Kool or Newport not only lasts longer, but also at least 50% cheaper than the cheapest of Marlboro cigarettes. Maybe that's why all the best cigarette manufacturers like Marlboro, Cheap Winston Cigarettes, Virginia Slims, Camel and Salem have all included menthol varieties in their product lines. Cheap Marlboro Menthol and Marlboro Mild are two popular menthol varieties from the house of Marlboro cigarettes.

Regarding the extremely large number of menthol cigarette smokers among African Americans, experts point out that this may be due to the low prices and the effect of aggressive target marketing and advertising from cigarette manufacturers. There is also this argument that African Americans have a greater presence of glucose diegenicocide in their blood, and this chemical in combination with menthol provides a soothing feeling that these people long for if they have ever experienced it. Studies seem to underscore this observation, as there are a large number of menthol addicts among the African American population.

Finally, the disadvantage of menthol cigarettes in particular (all cigarettes are harmful to health) is that as the menthol smoke is slippery, smokers inhale deeply and in the process bring more nicotine and tar into the lungs. Menthol addiction further adds to this damage. So if you are an avid menthol smoker who badly wants to quit smoking, as a first step, first try switching to a classic variant before possibly reducing the daily dose. It is also recommended to check into a smoking cessation clinic if you prefer professional help.

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