Menthol cigarettes will be banned and taken off shelves this year as new laws come into effect.
The ban will take place from May 20, 2020 in an effort to stop young people from taking up smoking – or continuing to smoke.
The ban will also include menthol flavoured rolling tobacco and once all menthol products are taken off shelves, they will no longer be available.
The strict new legislation stems from new EU Tobacco Product Directive laws which outlaws menthol cigarettes. Skinny cigarettes will also be banned from UK stores.
There was an appeal to stop the law from being put into action by Philip Morris International, the manufacturer of Marlboro, but the bid was unsuccessful.
Menthol cigarettes are being made illegal this year 2020 is already SHITE— IML🌹 (@isadxra_x) January 1, 2020
No more menthol cigarettes I'm devasted just thinking how I was giving mine away like candy last night— Rosie (@m1nniegoetze) January 1, 2020
Menthol cigarettes 🚬 are being banned in the UK 🇬🇧 from May 2020.. Guess I have to start brushing my teeth in the mornings instead 😬🤷🏼♂️— Jamie Will (@YoungJambo) January 1, 2020
Anti-smoking charity, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) outlined the new rules, stating: "No person may produce or supply a cigarette or hand rolling tobacco with:
"(a) a filter, paper, package, capsule or other component containing flavourings;
"(b) a filter, paper or capsule containing tobacco or nicotine; or
"(c) a technical feature allowing the consumer to modify the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the product."
The news won't come as a surprise to many, as the European Court of Justice (ECJ) announced back in 2016 that manufacturers will have four years to phase all menthol products out.
The ECJ claims that menthol flavouring is used to increase the attraction of cigarette smoking, with research by the US Food and Drug Administration claiming they are more addictive and harder to quit.