Many smokers may not be aware that as of midnight last night, May 20th 2020, the sale of menthol-flavoured tobacco products was prohibited across the European Union.
This legislation will remain in place in the UK even after it exits the EU at the end of the year; this is because it was agreed back in 2016.
Evidence indicates that menthol increases the uptake of smoking in some of our young people. This is backed by a survey carried out in 2018 that found that one in eight 15-year-olds are smoking regularly.
Sheila Duffy, the chief executive of charity ASH Scotland, believes the new move will help to lower the number of youngsters who smoke.
She said: “This is a welcome measure as evidence suggests that menthol cigarettes – which mask some of the harsh effects of smoking – are particularly appealing to young people and can even reduce the likelihood of quitting. We hope this will help drive down youth smoking rates in Scotland where 12% of 15 year olds and 4% of 13 year olds are smoking either regularly or occasionally.”
Anyone who is currently smoking is very welcome to call us for a chat about how we can help, go on give us a call, we are here to help you at all times and you will be surprised how much easier it is to quit than you think!