Flavors (Including Menthol) in Tobacco Products

May 26, 2022

Adding flavors, including menthol, to cigarettes and tobacco products makes them more appealing to young users and harder to quit. Young people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in particular are being targeted with new, enticing flavors and gimmicks such as flavor capsules. This is a growing concern because nearly 80% of the world’s smokers live in LMICs.

Read the brief to learn more about the dangers of menthol and flavored cigarettes and tobacco products, including how the tobacco industry circumvents flavor bans. And read the research summary for key findings on flavored tobacco growth in LMICs.

Tobacco products and cigarettes with flavors and menthol additives are harder to quit.