FAG END Ban on small packs of cigarettes and rolling tobacco starts in MAY – and menthols will disappear by 2020
Smokers will no longer be able to buy smaller packs of cigarettes and rolling tobacco from May this year.
The ban on packs of 10 is one part of a longer plan to phase out menthol cigarettes entirely by 2020.
Under new tobacco laws, smaller bags (under 30g) of roll-your-own tobacco and ten-packs of cigarettes will be banned from May 21.
The government started phasing out the fags last May when packaging was standardised but shops have had a year to get rid of old stock.
The ban includes some flavoured cigarettes and roll-you-own tobacco, including fruit, spice, herbs, alcohol, candy or vanilla.
A complete ban on menthol flavoured cigarettes is set for 20 May 2020.
Menthol cigarettes are flavoured with compound menthol, a substance which triggers cold-sensitive nerves in the skin without actually providing a drop in temperature.
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