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Smoking Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

December 27, 2020 4 min read

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Smoking Ban on Menthol Cigarettes: Better Ways To Quit Smoking

Menthol Cigarettes were banned in the UK on 20th May 2020. 

The law now bans the sale of all cigarettes with a “characterising flavour”, Menthol being the most common flavoured cigarette, the directive has dubbed the “menthol ban”. 

Subsequently, a ‘characterising flavour’ means a taste or smell that is other than tobacco. This deems to make tobacco consumption to be more attractive to non-smokers and certain social groups. This includes cigarettes that feature a “click” to change the flavour (adding menthol).

Accordingly, Action on Smoking and Health state: ‘No person may produce or supply a cigarette or hand rolling tobacco with:

  • a filter, paper, package, capsule or other component containing flavourings;
  • a filter, paper or capsule containing tobacco or nicotine; or
  • a technical feature allowing the consumer to modify the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the product.

Nevertheless, all cigarettes are harmful and menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as normal cigarettes’

This ban is will contribute to the UK’s aim to be smoke-free by 2030. 

Smoking increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer and kills over 70,000 people each year in the UK.

However, a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) 2018 shows that 56% of menthol smokers stated “that they would continue to smoke using regular cigarettes or rolling tobacco”. 

This is a large percentage of people that will continue to smoke, however, there are alternative for menthol lovers who won’t smoke tobacco flavoured cigarettes.

Alternatives to Menthol Cigarettes:

If you don’t want to start vaping, you can try a great alternative called IQOS HEETS. This product is the closest you will get a cigarette.

How does IQOS work?

In general, you simply insert the HEET into the IQOS holder and press the button until the LED light starts to blink white. 

The Tobacco is heated to 350 degrees through the heating element in the IQOS holder, releasing the true taste of tobacco through a nicotine-containing vapour, without burning the tobacco or generating smoke.

However, IQOS heats the tobacco rather than burn it which means they are exempt from menthol ban. The flavours that are the closest to menthol cigarettes are HEETS Blue (strong menthol) and HEETS Turquoise (light mint).


Although, a perfect alternative is of course vaping. Vaping has not been affected by the menthol ban as vaping is not smoking. There is no combustion or tobacco involved in vaping. Vaping is the best alternative to smoking, there are over 3.6 million users in the UK and many more abroad. 

Furthermore, Public Health England says that ‘vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking’.

A vape kit consists of a clearomiser/atomiser and a battery. The battery provides power and the clearomiser evaporates the e-liquid. The tank or pod is filled with e-liquid, the coil vaporises the e-liquid which is inhaled.

A vape kit consists of a clearomiser/atomiser and a battery. The battery provides power and the clearomiser evaporates the e-liquid. The tank or pod is filled with e-liquid, the coil vaporises the e-liquid which is inhaled.

The easiest way for a smoker looking to quit smoking to convert to vaping is by vaping a pod system. This requires the least knowledge and is the best for smokers who are actively looking for ways to quit smoking as it will be similar to smoking a cigarette. Some vape pod systems come with pre-filled pods (contain the e-liquid) and some require you to fill the liquid.


What is JUUL?

For instance, an option is JUUL, a pre-filled pods containing e-liquid and nicotine. JUUL is very simple, in the starter kit you get 1 of each flavour with the battery and charger. Luckily, JUUL has released today a new flavour called Menthol which is identical to menthol cigarette. 

Above all, JUUL pods feature 18mg nicotine salt, a form of nicotine that has a smooth throat hit but in higher dosages.


What are E-liquids?

E-liquid is formed by combining 4 ingredients: Vegetable Glycerine (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), food-grade flavourings and Nicotine (if applicable). A liquid listed as 50% VG / 50% PG, this means the e-liquid contains a blend of 50% vegetable glycerine, 50% propylene glycol. The PG contains 10% flavourings and nicotine (if added). 

In addition, there are over thousands of e-liquids, therefore we are certain you will find your favourite flavour. You can choose from mixed fruits, tobacco, dessert and menthol e-liquids. Have a browse through our website, you can look at reviews made by other customers who enjoy menthol flavours.



In short, switching from cigarettes to vaping can be tough, as a result you might go through many flavours until you find the right flavour. There is a lot of trial and error to find the perfect flavour. 

Vaping is not for everyone, if you have been searching for the best way to quit smoking, and you think this applies to you, try using an IQOS. However most people quit smoking simply by using the JUUL.

If you have any questions about the menthol ban, or you want recommendations, do not hesitate to contact us.

Visit our online shop for starter kits, vapes tanks, and vape e liquids from basic flavours to the most premium complex blends of e-liquid. As well as sales on selected vape products.


Vapox Team



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The aim of this ban was to discourage people from smoking. This is mostly to deter young people from smoking.

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