Non-smokers are smoking under the new strict cigarette laws

Non-smokers are smoking under the new strict cigarette laws

Hundreds of ECHO readers are furious with a new law to ban menthol cigarettes this year.

Under the ban, which will come into force on May 20, both menthol cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco will be withdrawn.

The ban – which will also ban lean cigarettes from UK stores – is part of an attempt to prevent young people from getting into the habit of smoking by banning cigarettes with a “characterizing aroma” other than tobacco.

The ban complies with the EU Tobacco Products Directive.

Here’s how some ECHO readers reacted to the impending ban: what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Liane Brady wrote: “I hate smoking, it stinks and it’s probably the most harmful thing you could do to your body, but is it definitely an individual’s choice to smoke a menthol cigarette?

“If they are smoking where they are not close to others or where people conform to smoking, I cannot see the problem?”

Terry OJounru wrote: “I quit smoking a few years ago, but I think the government should just jump in (no pun intended) and let people make their own decisions.

“Let people make their own choices.”

Tony Stringy commented: “People who want to smoke are forbidden. PAY ATTENTION to what you want for yourself could just get it.

“Where will the government lose billions of pounds in taxes from?

“Before saying that smoking costs billions of the NHS, please look at the difference between the two: the amount of taxes on cigarettes is twice what they say it costs the NHS.”

It is hoped that the ban on flavored tobacco will discourage young people from smoking
It is hoped that the ban on flavored tobacco will discourage young people from smoking

Steven Shanley said, “I don’t know many people who smoke menthol cigarettes but I think banning them is completely stupid.

“A ban won’t stop young people from wanting to smoke, they can’t imagine anyone wanting menthol, most young people you see vape now and that stuff tastes specifically aimed at young people.

“Leave menthol cigarettes alone!”

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Carol Anne wrote: “Children don’t smoke because of the flavors .. they smoke because it is a step to build an image, their companions do it, it attracts other people who usually don’t give them the time of day, they become part of a clique of “cooler” children … Smoking will never be banned because the government needs revenue.

“Children will always smoke because society is like this.”

Irene Rowland said: “I am 76 years old and have been smoking since I was 15. I smoke menthol cigarettes.

“I don’t want to quit smoking and I told my doctor I didn’t want to and I told him that if I did I would probably spend more time at the doctors. I only go to the doctors once a year and this is for my annual checkup. and there is never anything wrong with me. “

Liane Brady said: “I hate smoking, it stinks and it’s probably the most harmful thing you could do to your body but is it definitely an individual’s choice to smoke a menthol cigarette?

“If they are smoking where they are not close to others or where people conform to smoking, I cannot see the problem?”

Shirley Foy wrote: “This is taking away the personal rights of choice, if this is the only brand they have smoked like the above person for 60 years, then it is fair to that right away, it is not fair to dictate, huge amount of taxes are coming. paid on cigarettes, people have the right to choose, stopping even 10 was unfair, in fact some could only afford 10. “

Arthur Hedgcock wrote: “I’ve never been a smoker. Not because someone stopped me, I never wanted to. Even so I think it’s a matter of personal choice and we all know the danger, but at almost £ 10 per package it’s a very expensive time pass. “

Mo Porcelli wrote: “Dictatorship – I only smoke menthol that my choice of smoking has done for over 60 years.

“They say it’s a European law? We are out of the EU at the end of this month, so why should we obey them in May?

“Every time I see young people smoking his always ordinary cigarettes they smoke.

“EU Naffa off the British government shows the backbone and stops the EU dictatorship and let us have the freedom to choose what we do with our lives.”

Karen Marie Jones said: “I only smoke menthol, it was my choice to smoke menthol, so our rights?

“When I started smoking I smoked regular cigarettes, so banning menthol won’t stop the kids.”

Kev Riley said: “Menthols and lights are actually worse for you than regular cigs.

“Most people do more to get the shot out of a regular cigarette that increases carbon monoxide in the blood.

“I don’t know if that’s the reason, but it makes sense to ban them.”

The ban comes into force due to changes in EU law
The ban will continue regardless of the UK’s position in the European Union

Lisa Gore said: “I know smoking kills, I know the risks but I only smoke menthol, so now I am forced to quit when it should be my decision, this is not fair, but it’s okay for me to get through the streets by smoking weed “.

Stephanie Parry said: “They should completely ban all cigarettes. They stink, are bad for your health and cost a fortune now. The best thing I’ve ever done was to quit!”

Donna McDermott said, “Most kids vaporize fruit flavors, it just shows how out of this world powers are.”

Karen Marie Jones said, “It was my choice to smoke menthol, so what about our rights? When I started smoking, I smoked regular cigarettes, so banning menthol won’t stop the kids.”

Anthony Savage said: “The black market for cigarettes and tobacco will grow even more …”

The Department of Health has stated that banning the production and sale of menthol cigarettes is “a milestone in the government’s push for a smokeless society by 2030”.

The charity ASH – Action for Smoking and Health – told ECHO in October that banning menthol tobacco will divert young people from smoking.

Although the UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, the directive was transposed from British law in 2016, which means that the ban will continue regardless of the UK’s position within or outside the European Union.

Tobacco producer Philip Morris, owner of brands including Marlboro, made an unsuccessful appeal to amend the law before the European Court of Justice.

Although the UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, the directive was transposed from British law in 2016, which means that the ban will continue regardless of the UK’s position within or outside the European Union.

Tobacco producer Philip Morris, owner of brands including Marlboro, made an unsuccessful appeal to amend the law before the European Court of Justice.

Menthol has been added to cigarettes since the 1920s. In the last century, menthol cigarettes have been marketed as healthier and safer cigarette varieties by the tobacco companies.

But the government said there was no evidence that menthol cigarettes were less dangerous than regular tobacco.

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