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From today, 20th May 2020, tobacco retailers must have removed all menthol flavoured cigarettes from sale.

Hopefully you will have been carefully managing your stock levels ahead of this ban because any remaining stock cannot be sold from after this date, even at a reduced price.

And after today, May 20, one of the first things that any retailers who have closed their stores during the current coronavirus outbreak but are now reopening must do is to remove the menthol products from sale.

The ban was announced two years ago as part of a package of measures under the Tobacco Products Directive. Failure to comply with the ban could result in fines and even a prison sentence.

The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association Q&A

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