Modern market of tobacco products offers consumers' wide assortment of cigarette brands. Menthol cigarettes are manufactured in relatively insignificant quantity in accordance with necessities of market demand. Nevertheless each popular cigarette brand has own versions of menthol cigarettes. In spite of the fact that production and sales volumes of cigarettes are not big this kind of products has quite stable demand among certain segment of smokers. At the same time season climatic fluctuations of menthol cigarettes' consumption were registered. During warm season and in hot regions demand on cigarettes with menthol is higher.
Specific features of menthol cigarettes are:
1.pleasant menthol smoke aroma that masks scents of smoldering tobacco;
2.taste sensations of freshness and cooling effect;
3. pleasant fresh aftertaste.
In tobacco industry menthol is used for reducing irritation that smoke causes in lungs.
Most often menthol in tobacco industry is used in form of solution of crystalline menthol in ethanol with addition of mint oil.
Methods of menthol application in tobacco industry:
1.mint application in solution on acetate fiber during cigarette filters' production;
2.thread treatment with menthol solution that is place in acetate fiber during cigarette filters' production;
3.application of menthol solution on the foil during cigarettes' pack production;
4.introduction of menthol composition through micro nozzle to tobacco plug during cigarettes' production;
5.application of menthol solution through micro nozzle on cigarette paper in area of glue seam;
6.application of menthol in powdery form on the internal side of cigarette back;
7.enclosure of capsules with menthol solution inside of acetate fiber during filters' production;
8.production of three-chambered filters for cigarettes that contain in air chamber encapsulated menthol solution in form of granules;
9.treatment of ready cigarettes with gaseous composition of menthol in hermetic chamber.
Cigarettes with menthol capsule
The most spread is technology menthol cigarettes' production with use of filter-sticks made using filtering fiber treated with menthol composition or using filters that contain in filtering fiber special thread soaked with menthol solution.
With filtered cigarettes that contain menthol was determined menthol presence in filters, tobacco blend, cigarette paper, in paper layer of polyfoil what is conditioned with menthol's volatility property.
In July 2014 Food and Drug Administration (with headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland) has declared that they intend to prohibit menthol cigarettes. Period of consultations with community regarding this question was opened till November 22nd. FDA is seriously intended to prohibit menthol cigarettes in USA.
Tobacco industry has made statement using counter-evidence that prohibition will cause appearance of black market. During one of interrogations menthol cigarettes smokers were directly asked how they will react on this ban. 39% told that they will quit smoking, 36% will switch to cigarettes without menthol. One more research allowed answering "I will address to Sellers under the counter" and this variant chose every fourth smoker.
Statistucs of menthol cigarettes' smokers