Menthol Ban Confusion?
14th February. by Gaelle Walker, Convenience Store.
JTI has launched a new educational website to support convenience retailers in the run up to the approaching ban on menthol and capsule cigarettes, as new data reveals widespread confusion about the legislation.
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Almost a quarter of retailers did not know that capsule and click tobacco products are to be banned alongside menthol cigarettes, when the legislation is enforced on 20 May, the survey of 350 retailers conducted by JTI found.
A further 34% incorrectly believed that mentholated smoking accessories would also be banned.
Mentholated accessories such as filters, tips and papers are exempt from the legislation.
However, rolling tobacco products which are packaged together with mentholated filters or papers will be banned.
Almost a quarter (24%) of retailers were also unaware that there will be no sell through period after 20 May and one in five retailers thought that mint and menthol e-liquids for vaping would also be banned.
Vaping products and mint and menthol flavoured e-liquids are not included in the legislation.
Just under 60% of retailers expressed worry that the ban would reduce footfall, while 77% said they were concerned that it would have a negative impact on their business.
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