The UK Menthol Cigarette Ban May 2020 – Does it Apply to E-Cigarettes?
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.
Plain packaging was introduced in 2017 and from May 20th 2020, menthol cigarettes and flavoured tobacco will be banned. But what does this mean for menthol e-liquids and e-cig refills?
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.
What To Do If You Currently Smoke 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.
Whether you choose the cigalike style e-cigarette or a refillable device as your first vape kit, you can buy menthol e-liquids and refills with various nicotine strengths. There are also plenty of e-liquids that blend menthol with fruit flavours, offering plenty of options to help ease you into the transition from smoking to vaping.
You can find out more about making the switch in our beginners guide to vaping. You may also want to try our eye-opening savings calculator, available on our homepage, which will tot up how much you can save by switching from smoking to vaping.
An Authentic Alternative to Menthol Cigarettes
If you currently smoke menthol cigarettes, you may be considering making the switch to vaping when the ban comes into force. In which case, you will want to find a product that’s going to offer an authentic alternative.
The OK Cigalike e-cigarette is an excellent choice for new vapers as it closely resembles a traditional cigarette and therefore helps to ease the transition into vaping. Our great value starter kit costs just £6.00 and includes a white rechargeable battery, USB charger, carry case and two tobacco flavoured refills in medium (12mg) and high (18mg) nicotine strength.
We already have a range of menthol flavoured refills for our cigalike e-cigarette. 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. We are pleased to announce that we have now developed an authentic tasting Tobacco Menthol flavoured refill. These refills are available to order now in 12mg or 18mg nicotine strengths.
Menthol Flavoured E Liquids
If you are new to vaping and prefer the idea of a vape kit with a refillable tank, you have plenty of menthol options to choose from. Our exclusive Tobacco Menthol flavour is also available in an e-liquid, or why not try something a bit different with our popular Sweet Anise & Menthol flavour?
Browse some of our most popular flavours below or click here to browse all our menthol & mint flavoured vape juices.
Need Any Help?
If you’re interested in switching to vaping after the menthol cigarette ban but would like some advice, please visit our Information Hub for lots of helpful guides.
If you still need help or can’t find the answers to your questions on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team. They’re on hand to offer guidance for new vapers and can help with you with choosing your first vape kit or e-cigarette and getting started.