Menthol cigarettes increase risk of stroke

MedPage Today reports, “People who smoke menthol cigarettes were more likely to have a history of stroke than smokers who prefer regular cigarettes, an analysis of federal health survey data indicated.”

Investigators found, “among 5,167 current smokers participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2001 to 2008,” that “those who reported that they usually smoke menthol cigarettes were more than twice as likely to have had a stroke as those smoking nonmenthol cigarettes.”

HealthDay reports that “for women and non-blacks, the risk was more than three times higher.”

However, “no elevated risk was seen between mentholated cigarette smoking and high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure and the lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the researchers said.”

These “findings appear in a research letter published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.”

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