By James Lu
The study, which was published online in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, found that mice became desensitized to the experience of smoking with the addition of menthol additives, in addition to demonstrating higher propensities for addiction. The team’s findings contest recent research produced with the support of tobacco companies, which have long played down the effects of menthol in cigarettes, at a time when the Food and Drug Administration is considering imposing a ban of the additive.
“There a lot of claims from the tobacco industry that there is no specific pharmacological response triggered by menthol, that it’s just for flavor” said associate professor of pharmacology Sven-Eric Jordt, the lead author of the study. “Our research tells us there is really a potent pharmacological action in addition to the flavor.”