U.K. Menthol Ban Could Drive Smokers Towards Vapor


More smokers could turn to reduced-risk products like e-cigarettes after the U.K.’s menthol ban becomes enforceable today, new research suggests.

The study by TobaccoIntelligence shows that many retailers are planning to use the shelf space previously occupied by menthol cigarettes for alternatives such as vapour and heated tobacco products.

David Palacios, from TobaccoIntelligence, said: “The opportunities to convert menthol smokers to less risky alternatives are substantial.

“In the UK alone, for example, it is estimated that 1.3 million people currently using menthol cigarettes will need to find an alternative product.”