Big tobacco companies are reeling under a recent $200 billion class action lawsuit which says that they falsely advertised “light” cigarettes as safe, even though they were no safer than other brands. Most smokers are now desperately trying to quit. Menthol and non-menthol cigarettes appear to be equally harmful, but scientists have discovered that if you smoke menthol cigarettes, it’s even harder to stop smoking, so your first step might be to switch brands.

While fewer blacks smoke than whites, they are more affected by smoking related diseases, and more of them smoke menthol cigarettes, meaning they find it harder to quit. Scientists have identified several genetic regions that are likely to carry the genes for nicotine dependence in blacks. Twin studies on smoking behavior show that genetic factors are responsible for at least 50% of a person’s tendency toward dependence on nicotine.

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