Menthol cigarettes are being banned – but vapes are not included.

Menthol cigarettes are being banned – but vapes are not included.

From 20th May 2020, menthol cigarettes are to be banned across the UK. If you’re a menthol smoker, the products you usually buy will disappear from shelves. If you’re a vaper, nothing will change as menthol vaping products are not included in the ban.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Why are menthol cigarettes being banned?

The menthol ban is the result of the EU's Tobacco Products Directive, which was implemented in the UK through the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. It will stop manufacturers and retailers from selling any tobacco product with a ‘characterising menthol flavour’, meaning that any ‘filter, paper, package, capsule’ or any other component with a mentholated flavour will soon disappear from shelves.

Other products – like non-mentholated tobacco products, menthol vape flavours and tobacco-free nicotine products – will not be included in the ban.

It’s one of a number of long-term strategies being introduced to try and lower the number of people smoking. In the UK, the government has set a target of going completely ‘smoke-free’ by 2030.

Which products are covered by the menthol ban?

There will be a ban on menthol cigarettes starting from 20th May 2020.

Any cigarettes with menthol filters or menthol capsules will also disappear from shelves.

Vaping products, like menthol e-liquid, are not being banned and will still be available.

Which countries will be affected?

The ban will affect all EU-27 countries as well as the UK (the ban will be unaffected by the UK having left the EU). Selling menthol tobacco products will no longer be legal after 20th May, meaning you won’t be able to buy them anywhere.

If you’re a menthol cigarette smoker, you should start to think about how the legislation will affect you. If you wish to continue buying menthol-flavoured products, there are still options available to you – particularly in the form of vaping.

Will this affect menthol vape products?

Menthol vape flavours do not contain tobacco, so their sale is not affected by the menthol cigarette ban. The same applies to other tobacco-free nicotine products, while the legislation covering non-mentholated tobacco products is not changing.

This means that you will still be able to buy menthol vape flavours after the menthol ban – including here on We have a range of different menthol flavours for both our open- and closed-system devices: choose between e-liquids like Polar Mint and Menthol or myblu liquidpods such as Menthol, Intense Menthol and Strawberry Mint.

Click here to see our full range of vape flavours.

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