A Study about how the Menthol Cigarette Ban impacts the African American community

Official Title

Assessing the Impact of an FDA Ban on Menthol Cigarettes on Tobacco-Related Health Disparities in African American Smokers


The main reason this study is being done is to assess the impact of the FDA’s (and Columbus) menthol ban on African American (AA) communities. This information will provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with needed information on the impact of a menthol ban on the population most affected by such a policy. The study will focus on collecting survey data on AA menthol smokers’ perception of a menthol ban, their awareness/accessibility to quitting support, and their willingness to enroll in a future study.

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All participants must be self-identified AAs and then sorted into the following categories:

  • A Current Menthol smoker is defined as someone who regularly smokes menthol cigarette smokers, at least 5 cigs/day for > 1 year.
  • A Former menthol smoker is defined as someone who quit menthol cigarette smoking for >6 months, who previously smoked >5 cigs/day for >1 year.
  • Never-smoker is defined as someone who smoked < 100 cigs in their lifetime (CDC definition) and none for >1 year.

Additional eligibility criteria include:

(1) between 21 and 50 years old; (2) access to a smartphone or email, and (3) reading and speaking English.

Age Range

21 - 50 years