Change to sale of tobacco laws (from 21st May 2017)

Smokers will no longer be able to buy cigarettes in packs of 10 after a new law to deter young people from taking up the habit is introduced on 21st May 2017.  The ban will prevent shops from selling small bags of rolling tobacco and small packs of cigarettes which means the cheapest packet available will cost £8.82.  The ban also extends to flavoured cigarettes including those that are fruit, sweet or vanilla or spice flavoured.

Menthol cigarette lovers will also be disappointed as they are also going to be phased out and will no longer be on shelves by May 2020.

Rolling tobacco currently comes in packs of 10g and 20g, but after 21st May 2017 will only be sold in packs of 30g. The regulations also require health warnings to cover 65 per cent of the front and back of the packaging of cigarettes and rolling tobacco, and promotional words such as “lite”, “natural” and “organic” are no longer allowed to be used. Since last May, advertising, promotion or sponsorship of electronic cigarettes has been banned on most media platforms, including the internet, TV and radio.

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