We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about the menthol cigarette ban below.
Will the menthol ban still be happening after Brexit?
The short answer is yes. The Tobacco Products Directive (the legislation that introduces the flavour ban) was passed into UK law in 2016, so even though the UK is no longer a member of the EU, the ban will still go ahead.
Is tobacco being banned?
No, tobacco isn’t being banned. See our infographic for information on products being banned and the ones that aren’t.
What isn’t being banned?
Some tobacco products won’t be affected by the ban, including non-flavoured combustible cigarettes and rolling tobacco.
Heated tobacco and HEETS will also continue to be available after the ban, as they are not cigarettes.
Will it be illegal to smoke menthol cigarettes?
The menthol ban will not make it illegal to smoke menthol cigarettes. However, it will be illegal for companies to produce flavoured cigarettes and it will also be illegal for anyone to sell them. Smoking your own stock of menthol cigarettes after the ban comes into place will not be against the law.
Will it be illegal to bring menthol cigarettes home from abroad?
Many menthol smokers may choose to purchase menthol cigarettes in countries where the ban hasn’t been implemented and then bring them back to the UK for personal consumption. It will not be illegal to do so, as long as people stick to the duty-free limit set by the country they’re visiting. However, selling these menthol cigarettes on to friends or family is illegal.
Will it be illegal to sell menthol cigarettes?
Selling menthol cigarettes will be illegal after the menthol ban. Any retailer or individual found to be selling menthol or any other flavoured cigarettes or flavoured roll-your-own tobacco will be breaking the law and could face a fine, a ban on trading and a criminal record.
Why aren’t menthol HEETS included in the ban?
HEETS are not cigarettes and therefore menthol flavoured HEETS are not affected by the ban.
HEETS are tobacco sticks used exclusively with IQOS, the new alternative to smoking that heats tobacco rather than burning it.