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.


Less than 1 month left till menthol ban – important things to remember


Not long until mint cigarettes will be no longer sold in Lithuania and the rest of the European Union countries. People who are used to smoking cigarettes with mint taste or flavor will have to look for alternatives in less than a month. Let’s take a closer look at the menthol ban, the prohibited products and the key things to remember before the ban goes into effect.

What is a menthol ban and when will it take effect?

According to the EU Parliament Directive, menthol ban is a prohibition of menthol cigarettes and mentholated tobacco products in the European countries. The Tobacco Directive aims to reduce usage of tobacco products and improve public health. Other tobacco products containing flavor were banned even before, but have not included mint tobacco products. So, from the 20th of May 2020, in less than a month, mint cigarettes will be banned too. The date is approaching quickly so the users need to think about how it affects them and what alternatives they have.

A few key points to remember:
  ● As of May 20th, 2020 mint cigarettes will not be displayed for sale.
  ● The ban applies to Lithuania and the rest of the EU.
  ● The ban applies to duty-free shops across the EU.

What does the menthol ban mean for me?

For those who prefers the mint taste and flavor it is important to know what products exactly will be prohibited in the near future.

The banned products include:
  ● cigarettes with menthol and/or mentholated capsules;
  ● mentholated roll-your-own tobacco (RYO/MYO).

Products exempted from the menthol ban are:
  ● heated tobacco products;
  ● cigarillos and cigars;
  ● e-cigs and vapes.

These products are still available because the EU ban applies to the most prevalent tobacco products.

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