1. A white crystalline organic compound, CH3C6H9(C3H7)OH, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized. It is used in perfumes, in cigarettes, as a mild topical anesthetic, and as a mint flavoring.
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3. Public-health advocates have long argued menthol, which is generally derived from mint plants, masks the harmful flavors of cigarettes, encourages people to smoke and should be regulated differently from traditional cigarettes.
4. Simpler, clearer-tasting peppermint contains little or no carvone or pyridines; instead it makes a terpene called menthol, which gives it a uniquely cooling quality.