Smoking Substitutes No Better Than Regular Cigarettes

Apr 13, 2012
If you want to quit smoking, don't rely on nicotine patches and menthol cigarettes as studies show that they are at best useless, but may even increase the risk of serious health problems.

Recently the study conducted by Dr. Nicholas Vozoris of St. Michael's Hospital, in Toronto has found that menthol cigarettes may up stroke risk. Those who smoked menthol cigarettes had doubled risk to have a smoke and this risk was higher for non-black smokers and women.

One possible explanation is that menthol stimulates upper-airway cold receptors that enhance time of holding breath, which contributes to easier access of cigarettes particles into the lungs.

Interestingly enough, the menthol cigarettes increased only the risk of stroke but not other related health problems such as hypertension or heart attack.

Experts explain that there are actually no safe cigarettes. Any type of cigarettes has more or less negative consequences.

Earlier studies showed that nicotine replacement therapy does not work either. People who were quitting and used nicotine patch continued smoking after six month.

The study was published in Archives of Internal Medicine.