Are menthol cigarettes being banned? Are menthol cigarettes being banned?

Are menthol cigarettes being banned in the UK?

Menthol cigarettes and other flavoured tobacco products are due to be banned in the UK in May 2020.

Heated tobacco is exempt from the ban and so HEETS Turquoise and HEETS Blue will still be available to purchase both online and in stores in the UK.


What is the menthol ban?

The menthol ban comes from the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), banning all cigarettes with a “characterising flavour” other than tobacco. As menthol cigarettes are the most popular flavoured tobacco products, the new regulation has been dubbed the “menthol ban.”

When will menthol cigarettes be banned?

The menthol ban in the UK comes into place on 20th May 2020. Check our menthol ban countdown to find out how long is left before the ban. You can still use menthol cigarettes after the ban, but you will not be able to purchase new ones.

Where will menthol cigarettes be banned?

Menthol and other flavoured cigarettes will be banned throughout the EU, including the UK. This new directive does not ban e-cigarettes or heated tobacco alternatives to smoking.

How is the menthol ban being implemented?

From 20th May 2020 it will be illegal for shops to stock or sell menthol cigarettes in the EU.

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