‘Not just a flavoring: Menthol, Nicotine, Combined Desensitize Airway Receptors


Menthol doesn’t just act as a flavoring, but has a pharmacologic impact, a new study suggests. The researchers say menthol acts in combination with nicotine to desensitize receptors in lungs’ airways that are responsible for nicotine’s irritation. Though not a focus of the work, the findings are important as FDA is considering restrictions on menthol cigarettes.

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