The Menthol Cigarettes Ban in the UK, and what you need to know – If you are reading this, then the chances are that you have already heard the news of ban of menthol and other flavored cigarettes across the United Kingdom and across the European Union. Most people are wondering why they got banned? Are they are generally less harmful and tasted better than the regular cigarettes. And why are only certain products under fire for flavors anyway?
In today’s guest post, you’ll learn why they are being banned and what the future prospects are for those who liked the flavor and menthol cigarettes.
Here is everything that you need to know about menthol cigarette ban in the UK:
Why Are Menthol Cigarettes Being banned?
Ever since the menthol cigarettes hit the market in the early 1950s, they have been a sensation among smokers. It’s flavor masks the unpleasant smell and tobacco. Therefore, those who don’t like the smell of tobacco find it easier to smoke menthol or flavored cigarettes. It’s the reason that smoking menthol or flavored cigarettes is becoming very popular among teenagers around the world.
Therefore, since 2012, the debate about banning menthol cigarettes was making rounds across the world, and the UK finally became the first country to ban these kinds of cigarettes. This ban is imposed under the light of different surveys that suggested that more than 80% of the people who start smoking with menthol and flavored cigarettes never quit smoking while people who smoke regular cigarettes are more likely to quit smoking at later ages of their lives. (I question these results)
Will Other Countries Follow the UK?
Since this ban is imposed in good faith by the UK government, and if the ban is not lifted, it is expected that there will be a decline in the number of teenage smokers (although recent data has suggested that there is no net change in youth smoking rates when menthol is banned).
So, in the light of this hope, there is a big chance that other countries where teenage smoking is becoming, or has been a problem, with every day passing will follow in the footsteps and UK and start making legislation and laws to ban menthol and flavored cigarettes in their countries as well.
What About Menthol Cigarettes Ban in the USA?
In the United States of America, the authorities have been working hard on the approval of menthol cigarettes as the teenage smoking rate is increasing at a very alarming rate. ( Parents are freaking out. Although vapes are 95% safer, parents seem relieved to discover their child smokes cigarettes)
It is the reason that the FDA has conducted many types of research, and where all of them had a plus side of adults being less prone to hardcore smoking (?) due to menthol and other flavored cigarettes, the downside is pretty alarming. Almost all these researches say that menthol and flavored cigarettes promote smoking in teenagers. Well, duh!
What’s even more dangerous is that the chances of these teenagers quitting in their later ages are very bleak.
Time to Switch to Vapes?
If you are a citizen of the US then you need a more healthy and safe alternative.
Many people are saying that it is only a matter of time. Menthols and flavored cigarettes will be banned in the US. Then again, we are talking about the tobacco business, where, in the US, it is the lifeblood of corrupt politicians.
Is it banned in E-Cigarettes and Vape?
If you just love the menthol flavor, then you don’t have to worry about anything. It is because menthol is only banned in tobacco cigarettes. You can still have menthol-flavored e-cigarettes if you want. If you have a vape, then you can easily buy vape juice in the menthol; or any other flavor for that matter. So, shift to vaping with e-cigs as it is a healthier solution than smoking and probably will be the only way to get your flavor.