Q. With reference to menthol cigarettes, consider the following statements:
1.India has not banned the sale of menthol cigarettes.
2.Menthol increases the irritation and harshness of smoking.
3.Menthol makes it more difficult for people to quit smoking.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: C
Notes:

Statement 1 is correct: India has not banned the sale of menthol cigarettes.

Statement 2 is incorrect: Menthol, with its minty taste and aroma, “reduces the irritation and harshness of smoking. This increases appeal and makes menthol cigarettes easier to use, particularly for youth and young adults.

Statement 3 is correct: Menthol also interacts with nicotine in the brain to enhance nicotine’s addictive effects, while making it more difficult for people to quit smoking.

Source: Indian Express