Menthol-flavoured cigarettes are to be banned in Spain from today, aswell as the rest of the EU, it has been confirmed.
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 (today).
Fines for retailers selling the cigarettes can be as high as 10,000 euros authorities have warned.
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 directive was introduced in 2014 so retailers have had 6 years to sell and fully release their stock.
The cigarettes have always been deemed ‘harmful’ especially on young and older people.
The menthol has been said to increase nicotine receptor density in the brain, making menthol cigarettes more addictive than unflavored ones. Menthol cigarettes have been shown to inhibit nicotine metabolisation, leading to increased nicotine addiction.
The UK’s exit from the European Union does not impact the introduction of the menthol ban.