Ireland will ban menthol cigarettes and rolling tobacco, including skinny cigarettes from May 20. Click dual cigarettes, which change flavor from normal to menthol, are also included in the ban.
This is part of the four-year phasing-out period of the European Union’s Tobacco Product Directive, which came into force in 2014 and became applicable in all EU countries on May 20, 2016.
Ten-packs of cigarettes and smaller packs of rolling cigarettes are already banned across Europe, as well as tobacco advertising and point-of-sale displays.
Branding has also been outlawed, which means that tobacco products can only be sold in plain packaging with prominent health warnings.
The European Commission says the target is to reduce the number of smokers across the EU by approximately 2.4 million.
Research indicates that menthol may boost nicotine levels in the blood which makes them more addictive and harder to quit than regular cigarettes.