I smoke menthol cigarettes almost exclusively, always have, love them!
This doesn’t mean I won’t smoke a regular cigarette, I will and I have. My first one was not a menthol. My second one was, and from then on I was hooked.
A cigarette is a cigarette and though they vary in flavor, I’m open to experimenting and smoking different kinds, no major problem here.
Recently I found out that menthol cigarettes “… have been shown to inhibit nicotine metabolisation, leading to increased systematic nicotine exposure.”
And believe me, I need all the nicotine exposure I can get! So maybe this is why I continue to smoke menthols even though I didn’t know about this, I get more nicotine, I feel great, and I keep going!
Truth is I prefer the flavor of menthols.
Unfortunately I also learned that in 2012 menthol, or flavored cigarettes, were banned in Brazil. In Europe the EU Health Ministers agreed on a ban as well, and the European Parliament agreed by voting to ban menthol cigarettes as of 2022. There’s been some talk of that here in the U.S., but people and some organizations are fighting it so it looks like we’ll have menthol for the the time being. Crazy. Remember to take your menthol cigarettes when traveling, you never know!
I would smoke regular cigarettes if there was a ban here, no problem, it wouldn’t stop me from smoking, but still, taking away my menthols would hurt and I don’t like to be hurt.
Did you know that in the Phillipines 60% of all cigarette sales go to menthol cigarettes? That’s where they’re most popular. Here in the U.S it’s about 30% of the market.
And I’m a proud part of that 30%. Love my menthols.