With all the different types of cigarettes available on the market, menthol cigarettes are just one of the many choices for smokers. Menthol cigarettes have a minty flavour and most smokers experience a cooling sensation in the mouth and throat when smoking menthol cigarettes. Menthol, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, is an alcohol commonly found in different kinds of mint.
In the United States, cigarette manufacturers are now banned by law from using the terms like "light," "mild," and "ultra light" on their packaging. In response, what some companies have done is to use coloured labels to describe their cigarettes instead. Since companies use different colours, here the original labelling is described.
Full Flavor menthol cigarettes have a stronger tobacco and menthol taste. Tar levels measured by smoking machines are the highest in Full Flavor or Regular cigarettes.
Light menthol cigarettes have a less pronounced tobacco taste, but still have the cooling menthol flavour. Tar levels are lower in Light cigarettes as measured by smoking machines; However, according to the National Cancer Institute, not only can any amount of tar cause cancer, but a machine isn't necessarily an accurate representation of how a person smokes.
Ultra Light Menthol Cigarettes have the least amount of tobacco taste while still retaining the menthol flavour. Ultra Light tar levels are the lowest as measured by smoking machines.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Protection, 20 per cent of the cigarettes sold in 2006 were menthol cigarettes. Many smokers have a specific brand preference and will only smoke that brand; adults who smoke use a larger number of brands than adolescents who smoke.