Menthol ban has already been enforced

EU tobacco products directive (TPD EU/2014/40) is banning sales of menthol flavoured cigarettes as of 20th of May, 2020.


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Everything you need to know about the menthol ban

2020-03-12

Menthol ban takes on 20th of May, 2020. Keep on reading to learn what is changing and how this ban will affect smokers. You will find the essential information below.

What tobacco products will be banned?

Menthol is a natural organic compound that can be made synthetically or extracted from mint, peppermint or other oils. It imparts a mint flavour to tobacco products.

Products, which will be banned:
  ● Cigarettes with menthol;
  ● Cigarettes with mentholated capsules;
  ● Mentholated roll-your-own tobacco (RYO/MYO).

Wondering whether this ban applies to heated tobacco products? So far, heated tobacco products are not on the list of prohibited products. It also excludes cigarillos, cigars, e-cigarettes and vape.

When and where mentholated tobacco products are banned?

According to the European Union Tobacco Products Directive, menthol and other flavoured cigarettes will have to be withdrawn from the market on the 20th of May, 2020.

Menthol ban will be valid throughout the European Union, including Lithuania. The ban, which will prohibit the distribution of tobacco products to consumers either for a fee or free of charge. Cross-border sales of these tobacco products will also be prohibited. It’s important to note that tobacco products with menthol won’t be sold at the Duty-Free shops.

What are the alternatives?

For those who would otherwise continue smoking, there is an alternative - IQOS tobacco heating system. To learn more about IQOS, click here.

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