Menthol cigarettes and RYO (roll-your-own tobacco) banned in all EU.
From May 20, 2020, an EU law bans the sale of menthol cigarettes including cigarettes with menthol capsules and RYO in Denmark and in the rest of the EU including Duty Free located in the EU region. Therefore, menthol cigarettes (with or without capsules) and RYO are removed from the range of all tobacco companies and will no longer be on the shelves of kiosks and stores that sell cigarettes.
When will menthol cigarettes be banned?
Until 11.59 p.m. on May 19, 2020, you can still buy menthol cigarettes including cigarettes with capsules and RYO (roll-your-own tobacco). From midnight on May 20, 2020, all sales of these products will be prohibited. If you are a smoker and still have a pack of menthol cigarettes (with or without capsules) or RYO (roll-your-own tobacco), it is still legal to smoke them after May 20, 2020.
What about other cigarettes?
The ban is only on menthol cigarettes (with or without capsules) and RYO (roll-your-own tobacco) and does not include conventional cigarettes without these characterising flavours.
Are there any nicotine products with menthol that will still be legal?
The EU menthol ban on cigarettes (with or without capsules) and RYO (roll-your-own tobacco), in force as of May 20, 2020, does not apply to categories like: heat-not-burn products (i.e. tobacco sticks used with IQOS), e-cigarettes, all white nicotine pouches, cigars and menthol flavoured chewing tobacco.
What about IQOS?
IQOS, which heats tobacco instead of burning it, remains 100% legal. No matter which flavour of tobacco sticks you choose, including the menthol variants. So, with IQOS you can continue to enjoy the taste of real tobacco after May 20, 2020
What is IQOS?
IQOS is our innovative alternative to regular cigarettes. IQOS heats the tobacco instead of burning it. The result is the true taste of real tobacco without fire, and ash and with less smell. If you want to know more about IQOS, available IQOS devices and how to buy an IQOS, visit “Try IQOS“.
FAQ about the EU Menthol Ban
The ban on menthol cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco comes into effect on May 20, 2020.
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.
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.
The main intention of the menthol ban is to make cigarettes less appealing to smokers - especially young people.
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.
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.