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Role of Menthol vs. Non-menthol Cigarette Smoking in Progression to Regular Tobacco Use Among Youth: Analysis of the ExPECTT Longitudinal Survey Data

Principal Investigators: Olga Rass

Funding Mechanism: Research Contract

ID number: HHSF223201510002B

Award Date: 12/4/2017

Institution: Research Triangle Institute International


The goal of this study is to investigate the role of menthol in progression to regular smoking among youth. Researchers will analyze FDA's Public Education Campaign on Teen Tobacco (ExPECTT) longitudinal survey data to evaluate differences between menthol and non-menthol cigarette smokers in the likelihood of progression and rates of progression from never or experimental use to established smoking. Youth aged 11-16 years were enrolled in the ExPECTT study (n=6,743), and 4,210 completed all five surveys. Findings will provide new information about the use of menthol cigarettes by youth and young adults and may inform regulatory activities related to menthol.