Sensory properties of menthol and smoking topography
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Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration from the National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA
Freelance writer, Charlottesville, USA
Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, USA
Publication date: 2011-05-23
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Allison C. Hoffman
Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, MD 20850, USA
Tobacco Induced Diseases 2011;9(Suppl 1):S3
Although there is a great deal known about menthol as a flavoring agent in foods and confections, less is known about the particular sensory properties of menthol cigarette smoke. Similarly, although smoking topography (the unique way an individual smokes a cigarette) has been well studied using non-menthol cigarettes, there is relatively less known about how menthol affects smoking behavior. The objective of this review is to assess the sensory properties of menthol tobacco smoke, and smoking topography associated with menthol cigarettes. The cooling, analgesic, taste, and respiratory effects of menthol are well established, and studies have indicated that menthol’s sensory attributes can have an influence on the positive, or rewarding, properties associated smoking, including ratings of satisfaction, taste, perceived smoothness, and perceived irritation. Despite these sensory properties, the data regarding menthol’s effect on smoking topography are inconsistent. Many of the topography studies have limitations due to various methodological issues.
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