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British Medical Journal
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The NSDUH Report is published periodically by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (formerly the Office of Applied Studies), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from SAMHSA. Additional copies of this report or other reports from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality are available online: Citation of the source is appreciated. For questions about this report, please e-mail: [email protected] NSDUHThe Report National Survey on Drug Use and Health ● Although the overall rate of cigarette smoking has declined in recent years, the rate of past month menthol cigarette use among persons aged 12 or older increased between 2004 and 2010 (from 7.7 to 8.2 percent); during that time period, the rate of past month nonmenthol cigarette use decreased from 17.1 to 14.6 percent ● Between 2004 and 2010, rates of menthol cigarette use increased among young adults aged 18 to 25 (from 13.4 to 15.9 percent) and were stable among persons aged 12 to 17 and those aged 26 or older; rates of nonmenthol cigarette use decreased in each of these age groups ● More than half (51.7 percent) of recent initiates (those who had smoked a cigarette for the first time in the 12 months before the survey interview) from 2007 to 2010 smoked menthol cigarettes in the past month compared with 41.7 percent from 2004 to 2006 Cigarette smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking. More than 440,000 people die annually from smoking or secondhand smoke exposure.1 Although efforts to reduce smoking continue, there is growing awareness and concern about menthol cigarette use. Recently, an advisory committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administrati

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