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After the EU menthol ban, Japan Tobacco still sells cigarettes containing menthol

2020/11/18|Industry news

Although menthol cigarettes have been banned throughout the European Union since May 20, most tobacco shops are said to be selling a new, milder line of menthol, known as "fresh mint," according to vapingpost.

The European Union's revised tobacco product directive (TPD) bans the production and sale of menthol cigarettes, including capsule cigarettes, crosbell cigarettes or double menthol cigarettes. The ban does not include electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

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Although the UK has left the EU, the ban also applies to the UK.

The measure, which came into effect on May 20, could impose a fine of up to 1000 euros on anyone selling menthol cigarettes in the European Union.

However, an article in the promise times points out that tobacco shops are now selling alternatives to mint. Fresh mint produced by JTI is said to contain only 12.5% menthol.

Primitive menthol is known to contain complex menthol, which triggers cold sensing nerves in the skin without lowering body temperature. Amanda Sandford of action on smoking and health (ash) said: "there is evidence that menthol cigarettes relax the respiratory tract, and the taste masks the pungent nature of the smoke, so young people are more likely to smoke.".

"But" menthol is better for you "is an absolute myth. All cigarettes are harmful. Menthol cigarettes are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes

Meanwhile, a recent study in Ontario, Canada, found that a month after the local menthol ban was implemented, twice as many people quit smoking as expected.

"Given the amount and regularity of menthol use, we expect this study to have a greater impact in the United States," Michael charton, lead author of the Ontario tobacco research center and the dalarana School of public health at the University of Toronto, said in an email

Based on these data, studies conducted by Yale School of public health and the center for health policy at Imperial College London have also shown that if Mint cigarettes are banned in the United States alone, smoking rates will be reduced by 4.8%, because most smokers either switch to e-cigarettes or quit smoking.


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