Menthol cigarette smoking and health, Florida 2007 BRFSS

Monica Webb Hooper, Wei Zhao, Margaret M. Byrne, Evelyn Davila, Alberto Caban-Martinez, Noella A. Dietz, Dorothy F. Parker, Youjie Huang, Antoine Messiah, David J. Lee

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Objective: To examine associations between menthol cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence, quit attempts, and physical and mental health. Methods: Data were drawn from the 2007 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and a follow-up survey among current smokers (N = 3396). Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted. Results: In multivariate analyses, menthol cigarette smoking was associated with women, African American and Hispanic race/ethnicity, and greater mental distress. Conclusions: Women, racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals reporting a greater frequency of mental distress are more likely to smoke menthol versus nonmenthol cigarettes. Implications for public health policy and cessation interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • African American
  • Cigarette
  • Mental health
  • Menthol
  • Physical health
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology


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