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April 10, 2012 Menthol cigarettes may pose an even greater risk for stroke than other types of cigarettes, especially for women and non-black smokers, says a new, large study. In the latest look at the hazards of menthols vs. regular cigarettes, Canadian researchers found the stroke risk for those who smoked menthols was more than twice that for regular-cigarette smokers. And for women and non-blacks, the risk was more than three times higher. But no elevated risk was seen between mentholated cigarette smoking and high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, and the lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the researchers said. Exactly how, or if, smoking menthol cigarettes raises risk of stroke more than other cigarette types is not fully understood.
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