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FAQ about the EU Menthol Ban

Does the EU menthol ban only cover menthol cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco?
Yes, cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco without taste are not covered by the menthol ban and you can still buy other tobacco and nicotine products with menthol flavor. IQOS remains legal no matter which variant of the tobacco sticks you choose.
When does the EU menthol ban come into effect?
The ban on menthol cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco comes into effect on May 20, 2020.
Can I smoke menthol cigarettes after the EU menthol ban comes into force?
Yes, all menthol cigarettes purchased before the menthol ban can be legally smoked after the ban goes into effect. But you will no longer be able to buy new menthol cigarettes in stores throughout the EU region.
What is the purpose of the EU menthol ban?
The main intention of the menthol ban is to make cigarettes less appealing to smokers - especially young people.
Who is behind the EU menthol ban?
The menthol ban was adopted by the European Parliament in 2013. The directive has been in effect since 20 May, 2016, but the ban on menthol cigarettes does not apply until 20 May, 2020.
In which countries are menthol cigarettes banned?
The menthol ban applies to all EU member states. Other countries outside the EU are not covered by the menthol ban but may prohibit menthol cigarettes through national legislation.
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