TPEP — January 14, 2011

Reports & Articles

Menthol Cigarettes: Moving Toward a Broader Definition of Harm, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, December 21, 2010

This supplemental issue presents a broader public health definition for the harmful effects of menthol cigarettes.  These findings show that:

  • Menthol cigarettes are preferred by youth, women, and certain racial/ethnic minority groups
  • Menthol in cigarettes may increase smoking initiation, increase the addiction potential of tobacco, and make it harder to quit in certain subgroups
  • Menthol cigarettes may be perceived by some groups as being less harmful and providing health benefits due to the historical tobacco industry marketing practices of this product.

Determinants of Blood Pressure in Preschool Children: The Role of Parental Smoking, Circulation, January 10, 2011

In healthy preschool children, parental smoking is an independent risk factor for higher blood pressure, adding to other familial and environmental risk factors.  Implementing smoke-free environments at home and in public places may provide a long-term cardiovascular benefit even to young children. Read more at TIME Magazine: Secondhand smoke exposure raises kindergartners’ blood pressure.

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