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Menthol Cigarettes Linked To Increased Risk Of Stroke

Menthol Cigarettes Linked To Increased Risk Of Stroke
4/13/2012 11:32 AM ET

A new study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on Monday, suggests that menthol cigarette smokers could be at a greater risk for stroke and other adverse medical conditions. The study lead researcher, Nicholas Vozoris, and his team reviewed the health records of 5,028 adult smokers between the years 2001 and 2008.

They found that 26 percent of those smokers were reportedly using menthol cigarettes on a regular basis. Of the menthol smokers 3.4 percent reported having had a stroke as compared to 2.7 percent of non-menthol smokers. Vozoris says that while all smoking is to be avoided, cigarettes containing menthol seem especially dangerous.

"They're all bad, but having said that, from a harm-reduction perspective this study does lend to the view of avoiding - at a minimum - mentholated types," he says in a report.

Vozoris adds that menthol smokers who are women and people of non-African American descent were the most susceptible to stroke.

by RTT Staff Writer

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