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Menthol and related compounds in waterpipe products Bakker-’t Hart I., et al., Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, 10 (2024). Menthol-like compounds that provide flavoring or cooling effects are found in nearly all investigated products, including waterpipe tobacco, steam stones and herbal molasses. Waterpipe products without menthol or similar indicators in product names were found to frequently contain menthol-like substances. Cooling substances are banned in tobacco products by the tobacco products directive, therefore these findings can support regulation of waterpipe tobacco.

Context matters: Neural processing of food-flavored e-cigarettes and the influence of smoking Hellmich, I.M. et al., Biological Psychology (2024). Measured neural and subjective responses to food odors in a 2 (sweet vs. savory odor) x2 (food vs. e-cigarette context) x2 (smokers vs. non-smokers) design. The authors identified that flavor perception and processing differs between the contexts of eating and vaping. Smoking did not have an influence. Our results indicate that the principles of flavor preference in food cannot directly be applied to e-cigarettes and that it is challenging to design sweet and savory e-cigarettes to appeal to smokers only.

An ingredient co-occurrence network gives insight into e-liquid flavor complexityPennings, J.L.A. et al,  Tob Induc Dis. 22 (2024). Determined if there are e-cigarette ingredients that are frequently used together. The authors identified frequently co-occurring flavor ingredient pairs and illustrate how these ingredients act together to create (more) attractive flavors. These results show that the flavor of e-liquids is more than just the sum of its parts.



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