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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer on (404) 498-1210.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Send comments to Seleda Perryman , CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Menthol Crossover Study—New—National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC proposes a study to measure differences in African-American and Caucasian smokers in the dose and metabolism of chemicals in smoke from menthol and non-menthol cigarettes.

African-American smokers are more likely than Caucasian smokers to Start Printed Page 1854develop some forms of cancer and to have shorter long-term survival after diagnosis. More than 65% of African American smokers smoke menthol cigarettes, compared with about 23% of white smokers. Smoking menthol cigarettes has been associated with higher blood-cotinine levels. Cotinine is a product of the metabolism of nicotine, and the higher cotinine levels suggest that menthol may enable a smoker to obtain more nicotine from each cigarette. In addition, people who smoke menthol cigarettes also have higher levels of carbon monoxide in their breath than do people who smoke non-menthol cigarettes, and an elevated carbon monoxide level is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the presence of menthol in cigarettes may change the way people smoke cigarettes.

All previous studies have compared people who smoke menthol cigarettes with those who smoke non-menthol cigarettes; and it is not known whether increased cotinine and carbon monoxide levels in people who smoke menthol cigarettes are attributable to racial or ethnic differences, or a combination of multiple factors. In addition, no previous study has examined the differences between urinary levels of cancer-causing chemicals in people who smoke menthol or non-menthol cigarettes and correlated these findings with smoke exposure intake estimates using salivary cotinine and filter solanesol.

For this two-part crossover study, we will recruit African-American and Caucasian smokers of both sexes who smoke either menthol or non-menthol cigarettes as study subjects. We will determine smoking history then randomly assign each participant to smoking either menthol or non-menthol cigarettes for an initial 2-week period. Study participants then will switch to the opposite type of cigarette for the next 2 weeks. At baseline, and after each 2-week period, we will measure the way the participants smoke the test cigarettes to determine smoking topography. Saliva, urine, and breath samples will be collected to measure by-products of smoking, and participants will complete a brief smoking-history questionnaire. There is no cost to respondents.

FormsNo. of respondentsNo. of responses/respondentAverage burden/response (in hours)Total burden in hours
Response to Flyer: Screening Interview Form2001517
Site Visits: Check in Study Information—Visit 1, 2, 37131553
Consent Form Questionnaire—Visit 1, 2, 37131553
Urine Sample and Saliva Sample—Visit 1, 2, 37131553
Breath Carbon monoxide (CO) Sample—Test Smoke 1, Breath CO Sample, Breath CO Sample, Test Smoke 2, Breath CO Sample—Visit 1, 2, 371345160
Sample Test—Cigarettes Distribute Baggies & Cigarettes—Visit 1, and 27121536
Instructions and Check out—Visit 1 and 27121536
Smoking Cessation Advice—Visit 3 only7111518
Final Check Out—Visit 3 only7111518
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Dated: January 8, 2003.

Thomas Bartenfeld,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 03-674 Filed 1-13-03; 8:45 am]