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Menthol Ban

From 20th May 2020 there will be a ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes.

The European Union Revised Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) makes it an offence for manufacturers to produce menthol cigarettes and retailers to sell menthol cigarettes from 20th May 2020.

The ban also applies to capsule, click on, click & roll, crushball or dual menthol cigarettes. The ban does not apply to heated tobacco products or e-cigarette products.

There is no sell through period which means that retailers must have sold through any remaining stock of menthol cigarettes by 20th May 2020.

The UK’s exit from the European Union does not impact the introduction of the menthol ban.

Materials

ACS has produced a poster for retailers to display in-store to help communicate the menthol ban to customers. 

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDANCE HERE

DOWNLOAD THE POSTER HERE

For more information please email julie.byers@acs.org.uk

Penalties

If a retailer sells menthol cigarettes on or after 20th May 2020, they are guilty of an offence and are liable:

  • On summary conviction in a magistrates’ court to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or a fine, or both.

              OR

  • On conviction on indictment in the Crown Court to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, a fine, or both.

FAQs

Is it just menthol flavoured cigarettes that will be banned from 20th May?

Yes.

Is it possible to get a rebate or refund on my remaining menthol cigarette stock?

This will be a matter for your tobacco supplier to decide.

Will hand-rolling tobacco be banned?

No. Hand-rolling tobacco will not be banned from 20th May 2020. Flavoured hand-rolling tobacco however has been banned since May 2017.

Can retailers still sell menthol flavoured cigarillos?

Only flavoured cigarettes and flavoured hand-rolling tobacco is affected by the Tobacco Products Directive. Retailers can still sell other menthol products including cigarillos and menthol filters.

Can retailers sell hand-rolling tobacco which has been packaged with flavoured filters or papers?

No, it will no longer be permitted to produce or sell cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco which has been packaged with flavoured filters or papers.

Can retailers sell tobacco products, such as hand-rolling tobacco in the same transaction as flavoured filters and papers?

Yes, you will still be able to sell flavoured filters and papers in the same transaction as tobacco products. The ban refers only to flavoured cigarettes and flavoured hand-rolling tobacco products or where cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco is sold in the same package as flavoured filters and papers.