FDA moves toward restricting menthol in cigarettes

Menthol Cigarettes May Be More Addictive, Evidence Suggests

Two studies published Tuesday added to the mounting suspicion that adding menthol to tobacco causes it to behave differently in the human body. In one, a multinational team of neuroscientists showed that menthol acts on the same receptors in the human brain as nicotine, the principal addictive substance in tobacco. As a result, menthol appears to dampen the brain's normal response to nicotine, perhaps prompting smokers to compensate by taking in more. The findings were published in the journal PLOS One. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-menthol-cigarettes-20130724,0,6557153.story

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Myths About Quitting Smoking

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A Nanotech Fix for Nicotine Dependence

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E-cigarettes: Easy nicotine fix or too risky?

While overall smoking among the population has decreased, the rate of menthol cigarette smoking has stayed pretty much the same, according to a review released on Tuesday about menthol's addictive properties in cigarettes. "Studies have demonstrated a role for menthol in the metabolism of nicotine in the body," Nadine Kabbani, a neuroscientist at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., wrote. "More recent findings now reveal an interaction between menthol and the nicotinic acetylcholine (nACh) receptor in cells. This receptor is central to the actions of nicotine in the brain, and plays an important role in nicotine addiction." Kabbani reviewed a number of studies that suggested the effect of menthol on nACh receptors could contribute to cigarette addiction by not only prolonging nicotine's presence in the body, but by also increasing it. Studies have shown that prolonged cigarette smoking has been associated with increased nACh receptor density in the brain. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/17703/20130723/menthol-cigarettes-addictive-fda-addiction-nicotine.htm