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Latino Daily News

Wednesday March 16, 2011

High Percentage of Hispanic and African-American Youth Using Menthol Cigarettes

While menthol cigarettes account for approximately a third of all U.S. cigarette sales many of those sales are to teen minorities, according to a new report.

In a draft report released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it appears that more than 80 percent of African American teen smokers are using menthol cigarettes and more than 50 percent of Hispanic teen smokers are also smoking these type of cigarettes.

The FDA is expected to hold hearings on its findings to analyze the increase in use amongst minority teens.  The study also found increase in use of menthol cigarettes amongst white teens.

In its final report the FDA will also be making recommendations whether menthol and flavored cigarettes sales should be further limited or completely banned.