A menthol cigarette is a cigarette flavored with the compound menthol, a substance that triggers cold-sensitive nerves, causing a cooling sensation without providing a drop in temperature.
Menthol cigarettes were first developed by Lloyd "Spud" Hughes of Mingo Junction, Ohio in 1924, though the idea did not become popular until the Axton-Fisher Tobacco Company acquired the patent in 1927, marketing them nationwide as "Spud Menthol Cooled Cigarettes". Spud brand menthol cigarettes went on to become the fifth most popular brand in the U.S. by 1932, and it remained the only menthol cigarette on the market until the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company created the Kool brand in 1933.
- Nicotine: 1 mg
- Tar: 12 mg
- Nicotine: 0.5 mg
- Tar: 6 mg