According to UPI, for decades menthol cigarettes have been disproportionately marketed to black communities, and the effects of that promotion have a lingering effect. New findings show that the likelihood that black smokers will quit menthol cigarettes is 12 percent lower than quitting non-menthol cigarettes. This is according to a study published Monday in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. One of the study's authors said that menthol flavoring could impede quitting because it "might make the nicotine in cigarettes more reinforcing." To combat the problem, the study's researchers recommend banning menthol cigarettes altogether.

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