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Effect of Banning Menthol Flavorant on Cigarette and e-Cigarette Use

Effect of Banning Menthol Flavorant on Cigarette and e-Cigarette Use

Principal Investigators: Michael Kotlyar

Funding Mechanism: National Institutes of Health - Grant

ID number: 1R03DA045150-01

Award Date: 8/18/2017

Institution: University of Minnesota


More information about how menthol flavoring in e-cigarettes affects overall tobacco use would be useful. This study will obtain preliminary information regarding how a menthol ban that either exempts or includes e-cigarettes is likely to affect overall tobacco use. In this six-week study, researchers will assign menthol cigarette smokers to one of three conditions: (1) a condition simulating a ban on menthol cigarettes but not menthol e-cigarettes; (2) a condition simulating a ban on both menthol cigarettes and menthol e-cigarettes; and (3) a condition in which menthol is not banned for either product (the control condition). Tobacco product use, motivation to quit, number of quit attempts, and support for a menthol ban will be assessed. Data from this study will be used to plan larger studies examining how menthol flavoring in e-cigarettes affects tobacco product use patterns and toxicant exposure.