Did you know that, on average, about 443,000 U.S. citizens die as a direct result of being exposed to cigarette toxins, and a staggering 8.6 million Americans suffer from comorbid sickness and disability connected to cigarette use? Needless to say, cigarettes have always posed a significant threat to public safety, putting the smokers and bystanders at risk for dangerous illnesses. In essence, these little sticks of death are symbols of a time when people were not fully aware of how drugs worked. So, in that case, why was there ever a debate about flavored cigarettes, specifically the menthol-infused variety? Let’s take a closer look at the bizarre circumstances surrounding these mint-flavored nasties.
A Brief History of Menthol Cigarettes
Big Tobacco, the collective name for the groups that control cigarette sales, has always had a sneaky and clever way of weaving loopholes in our social tapestry (just watch Jason Reitman’s sardonic comedy Thank You for Smoking as an example). On that note, menthol cigarettes might be one of the best examples of a marketing ploy in the U.S.
In the 1920s, the menthol cigarette was developed by Lloyd “Spud” Hughes after he sprinkled menthol crystals into a batch of tobacco. From the brand title of Spud Cigarettes to Kool Menthol, these devices were, in the same manner as modern e-cigarettes, modeled as “healthy alternatives” to regular tobacco. Later, advertisements became more callous, and the gig was up.
Menthol vs. Nonmenthol
In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a study to determine any differences or similarities between menthol and nonmenthol cigarettes. As a result, their scientists discovered four critical pieces of information:
- Menthol cigarettes are just as unhealthy as their nonmenthol counterparts;
- Menthol cigarettes promote smoking initiation (first-time use) among young people;
- Menthol cigarettes are connected to higher rates of addiction; and
- The analgesic and soothing qualities of menthol cigarettes make them even more dangerous than the traditional variety.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.