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Menthol cigarettes banned in the UK

Peterborough shops are no longer selling menthol cigarettes in line with new anti-smoking laws.
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Menthol Cigarettes are now banned in the UK (photo: Pixabay)

Shops all across the UK have informed their customers that they will no longer be selling menthol cigarettes. 

As of yesterday, May 20, the sale has been prohibited in a bid to stop young people from starting smoking. 

The change has not yet been implemented with menthol filters, but they cannot be sold in a packet with tobacco.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said: "Menthol cigarettes are a child-friendly starter product because menthol makes it easier to smoke and to inhale the smoke deep into the lungs.

"Menthol smokers are also more likely to become heavily addicted and find it harder to quit.

"That's why the government concluded a ban on menthol was justified, it's just a shame it's taken so long."

It follows a line of anti-smoking laws put into place which also saw the end of the 10-pack of cigarettes in May 2017. 

The plans are implemented to discourage young people from smoking who may have taken up social smoking.