The UK Menthol Cigarette Ban May 2020
What & When is The UK Menthol Cigarettes Ban?
In May 2016, the government announced various changes to the tobacco laws, in efforts to achieve a smoke-free society. The announcement included plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco, and to implement a menthol cigarettes ban. These plans have been praised by Action for Smoking & Health (ASH) who believe that banning them will deter more young people from taking up the habit.
From May 20th 2020, menthol cigarettes and flavoured tobacco will be banned. However, this ban does not extend to menthol flavoured e-cigarettes and vaping products. So, if you're currently a menthol smoker, e-cigarettes could provide an excellent alternative to menthol cigarettes. Keep reading to find about more…
A Brief History of Menthol Cigarettes
It's been almost 100 years since the first cigarettes infused with menthol were introduced to smokers. The 1920's were incredibly different times, many years before we knew the dangers of smoking. Menthol cigarettes were marketed as giving throat comfort and even having medicinal properties. It's perhaps this which has in part led to many people even now, believing that menthol cigarettes are less harmful. This is far from the truth as they still contain tobacco - the burning of which produces thousands of dangerous chemicals.
The adverse effects of smoking had already been identified by the mid 19th century but it wasn't until the 1970's that this knowledge became widespread. In the last 50 years we have come a long way in educating people about the dangers of smoking. However, there are still around 7.2 million adult smokers in the UK according to research by the Office of National Statistics. Studies suggest that around 12.4% of these are menthol smokers, which equates to around 900,000 people.
Will Menthol E-Liquids & E-Cigarettes be Banned?
Fortunately for both current vapers and those who smoke menthol cigarettes, the menthol cigarette ban does not extend to vaping or e-cigarettes. You can still buy menthol flavoured e-liquids and e-cig refills and there are no current plans to ban flavoured vape products in the UK.
An Authentic Alternative to Menthol Cigarettes
Now is a great time to consider switching to vaping if you currently smoke menthol cigarettes. Public Health England continue to declare vaping to be at least 95% less harmful than smoking. With over half of vapers having given up smoking, they offer an excellent alternative for smokers.
Not only are e-cigarettes less harmful, they're also cheaper than cigarettes. Try our savings calculator below to find out how much you could save by switching.
Interested in Switching to Vaping?
If you think e-cigarettes might be a good alternative for you after the menthol cigarette ban, you can find out more about making the switch in our beginners guide to vaping.
Alternatively, keep reading to find out about our range of menthol vaping products.
Menthol Flavoured E Cigarette Refills & E Liquids
We already have a popular range of menthol flavoured refills for our cigalike e-cigarette and some great tasting e liquids with a minty kick. However, over the last 12 months we have been busy working in our labs to create a product specifically designed for those making the switch from menthol cigarettes to vaping.
Find out more about each product below.
Tobacco Menthol Cigalike Refills
These refills have been specially developed for use with OK Cigalike Starter Kits and Cigalike Batteries. As the name suggests, the OK Vape Cigalike device closely resembles a traditional cigarette. This makes it one of the best e-cigarettes for beginners.
Our new Tobacco Menthol refill cartridges join our existing range of tobacco flavour and plain menthol flavour refills. This new flavour offers a great compromise between our two existing flavours and is the perfect alternative to menthol cigarettes. These refills are available with 18mg nicotine; recommended for new vapers, and 12mg nicotine; recommended for lighter smokers.
To use these refills, you will need the OK Vape Cigalike E-Cig starter kit. This beginner-friendly kit includes everything you need to get started for just £6.
Also Available in Multipacks From as Little as £4.50 Per Pack!
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Tobacco Menthol E-Liquid
Our new Tobacco Menthol flavour is also available in our popular 50/50 e-liquid range. This vape juice is incredibly versatile due to it's balanced ratio of PG & VG and is suitable for use with the majority of refillable vape kits, tanks and coils.
Buy a single bottle to give it a try or pick and mix 3, 6 or 12 bottles from across our full 50/50 range for as little as £2 a bottle with our e liquid multibuys.
Need Any Help?
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