Washington: Menthol or mint-flavoured cigarettes pose a greater health risk than non-menthol ones, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a scientific review."While there is little evidence to suggest that menthol cigarettes are more or less toxic or contribute to more disease risk to the user than non-menthol cigarettes, adequate data suggest that menthol use is likely associated with increased smoking initiation by youth and young adults," Xinhua quoted the FDA as saying.Further, menthol in cigarettes is likely associated with greater addiction.Menthol smokers show greater signs of nicotine dependence and are less likely to successfully quit smoking, it said.According to the FDA, more than 400,000 deaths per year in the US are caused by tobacco use.About 30 percent of all adult smokers and more than 40 percent of all youth smokers in the country report smoking menthol cigarettes.
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