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Menthol Use in Roll-Your Own Tobacco and Little Cigars and Migration

Principal Investigators: Clifford Watson and Kenneth Taylor

Funding Mechanism: Interagency Agreement (Non-PATH)

ID number: 224-11-9022

Award Date: 5/23/2017

Institution:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Menthol is a common flavor additive that masks harshness and makes smoking tobacco more appealing. To better understand menthol application and migration in combusted tobacco products, menthol will be quantitatively determined in select cigarette, little cigar, and roll-your-own tobacco (RYO) tobacco products. Additionally, researchers will apply defined quantities of menthol to either the filter, tobacco rod, or packaging of various commercial non-menthol cigarettes and little cigars and measure the menthol in these components at different storage times. Researchers will also measure the menthol in the mainstream smoke from these products. Information from this study will expand upon our previous research activities related to menthol in combusted tobacco products and how its application and physical properties may influence its transfer to mainstream smoke.