Effect of Banning Menthol Flavorant on Cigarette and E-Cigarette Use

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to determine how menthol flavoring in cigarettes and e-cigarettes affects how smokers use these products. 

How often are the clinic visits?

There are a total of 5 visits, including one screening visit to determine if you are eligible for the study, followed by 4 visits scheduled about 2 weeks apart over the course of approximately 6 weeks.

What will I be doing in the study?

You may be asked during this study to abstain from the cigarettes you normally smoke for a 6 week period, but you will be able to smoke different cigarettes, use e-cigarettes, or use nicotine gum and lozenge.

If you take part in this research, you will be responsible for coming to scheduled visits and following all study related procedures such as only using tobacco products that you obtain from the study and completing a smoking diary when prompted by text or email.    

Will I be compensated?

For compensation, you will receive $20 at the end of the screening visit. You will receive between $15 and $30 at each additional visit and a $50 bonus at the last visit if you complete the entire study and follow all study procedures. Therefore, if you attend all the visits and complete all study procedures, you will receive up to $190 in addition to the tobacco products provided during part of the study. These payments are made as pre-paid debit cards.

What should I do if I'm interested?

If you would like to find out if you qualify for this study, go to z.umn.edu/mentholresearch to complete an online screening form.  You may also contact us at 612-624-0916 or email [email protected].  Please include a contact number in your email.

We are looking for...

Men and women who are menthol cigarette smokers, ages 21-64 and are generally in good health.



Tobacco Research Programs
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612-626-5155
Fax: 612-624-4610
Email: [email protected]