Menthol cigarettes are flavored with menthol, derived from mint plants, and make the mouth and lips feel fresh. Approximately 27% of cigarettes purchased in the US are menthol flavored, with top-selling brands including Kool, Salem, Newport, Marlboro Menthol, and Camel Menthol. There is controversy surrounding menthol cigarettes, with some advocating for a ban on menthol as a flavoring and others questioning whether cigarette companies have targeted teenagers as new smokers. Rumors about menthol cigarettes containing fiberglass have been proven false.
Menthol flavored cigarettes are called menthol cigarettes. Menthol comes from mint plants and makes your mouth and lips feel fresh and fresh, even when smoking. In some brands, the tip is infused with menthol and in other brands, the tobacco is laced with menthol. According to a report by the Federal Trade Commission, approximately 27% of cigarettes purchased in the United States are menthol flavored. This number has increased over the years, even as smoking has decreased.
Menthol cigarettes have been in the US for quite some time. In fact, the first ones were created in 1924 by Spud Brand; however, they weren’t heavily marketed until 1927 under the slogan “Cooled Menthol.” Since the 1920s, a number of companies have sold brands of menthol cigarettes: Kool®, Salem®, Newport®, Marlboro Menthol® and Camel Menthol® are the top sellers.
Cigarette companies are always looking for new ways to get people to try their products. For example, in August 2008, Camel® released a new type of menthol cigarette: Camel Menthol Crush®. The concept is that smokers can either have a regular cigarette or they can crush a blue ball filled with menthol and convert adding menthol to the cigarette in an instant.
There is always controversy surrounding cigarettes and menthol cigarettes are not exempt. People advocating for tougher smoking and cigarette laws are pushing for a ban on menthol as a flavoring. However, cigarette companies claim that the menthol flavor is simply a matter of preference for the smoker.
Additionally, there is debate whether cigarette companies have targeted “new smokers” by changing the amount of menthol in cigarettes. This led to a debate about whether companies were targeting teenagers as the “new smokers”. If true, it could be against the Master Settlement Agreement which protects young people from being commercialized, directly or indirectly.
There are also rumors about menthol cigarettes. For example, they are said to contain fiberglass which causes the mouth, throat and lungs of smokers to have miniature cuts all over them thus giving the sensation of coolness. This has been proven false. While smoking is dangerous to anyone’s health, fiberglass is not used in menthol cigarettes. Any fresh sensation is the result of menthol itself.