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Menthol flavoring may make it harder to quit smoking cigarettes, especially for black women, a UW-Madison study found.

In a study of people trying to quit smoking, 38 percent of non-menthol smokers quit after six months, compared to 31 percent of menthol smokers, according to the study by the UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

Among women who smoked menthols, 35 percent of whites quit compared to 17 percent of blacks.

Researchers said the finding is significant because a 2009 law called for further evaluation of menthol smoking and gave the Food and Drug Administration the ability to ban menthol cigarettes.

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David Wahlberg is the health and medicine reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.