New anti-smoking legal guidelines have come into power banning the sale of flavoured and thin cigarettes in UK shops.
The transfer is a part of efforts to discourage younger folks from utilizing menthol cigarettes as they’re thought to mistakenly imagine the flavoured attribute makes the behavior much less dangerous.
Campaigners have welcomed the brand new legislation, however stated “it is only a disgrace” it had taken so lengthy to implement.
The ban was introduced by the federal government final month and comes as a part of new EU Tobacco Product Directive legal guidelines.
The change doesn’t see the ban prolonged to menthol filters, however it is going to be unlawful to promote them packaged with cigarettes or tobacco.
Present legal guidelines within the UK already make it unlawful to promote menthol cigarettes in packs of greater than 20.
Some people who smoke are stated to imagine menthol cigarettes are safer than different tobacco merchandise, however there was no proof to again that up.
Marketing campaign teams have lengthy been warning about how folks can simply grow to be closely hooked on menthol cigarettes.
Deborah Arnott, chief govt of Motion on Smoking and Well being, stated: “Menthol cigarettes are a child-friendly starter product as a result of menthol makes it simpler to smoke and to inhale the smoke deep into the lungs.
“Menthol people who smoke are additionally extra prone to grow to be closely addicted and discover it more durable to give up.
“That is why the federal government concluded a ban on menthol was justified, it is only a disgrace it is taken so lengthy.”
However pro-smoking teams declare the brand new legislation is a “gross restriction on client alternative that may do nothing to cease kids smoking”.
Simon Clark, director of people who smoke’ rights group, Forest, stated: “Many adults have smoked menthol-flavoured cigarettes for many years.
“This week that small pleasure might be taken away from them and the one individuals who will profit are the criminals who provide the black market with unlawful and counterfeit items.”