Menthol Cigarette Ban

As of the 20th of May 2020, the sale of menthol cigarettes will be banned in the UK.

The ban of menthol cigarettes comes from the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), banning all cigarettes and rolling tobacco with “characterising flavour” other than traditional tobacco[1]. This means as of the 20th of May 2020, you will no longer be able to purchase menthol cigarettes anywhere within the UK and EU.

However, this ban does not affect heat-not-burn tobacco or vaping and e-cigarette alternatives to smoking.

What are the alternatives to menthol cigarettes?

At VPZ we offer four different categories of kit as a solution for menthol cigarette smokers; closed pod systems, open pod systems, e-cigarette kits and heat not burn. 

Find the best option for you below where we explain the differences between these alternative four solutions for menthol smokers! 

Heat Not Burn - Heat Not Burn products such as IQOS are a better alternative to smoking because it heats tobacco instead of burning it. It provides real tobacco taste without fire, ash or cigarette smoke, and less smell. You will still be able to purchase menthol HEETS to be used with an IQOS device. Learn more about IQOS HERE.

View Heat Not Burn products HERE.

Open Pod Systems - Open pod systems like the RPM 40 from SMOK are very similar to closed pod systems, however, you are able to refill and re-use the pods that come with your kit, this enables you to explore different flavours and find what suits your taste. 

E-cigarette Kits - E-cigarette kits come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, everything from pen style starter kits to advanced sub-ohm devices. If you’re looking for an alternative to menthols though, e-cigarettes and “starter devices” are the best style to start out with. 

E-cigarette starter kits tend to allow you a more customizable alternative to smoking cigarettes. You have the option of a huge variety of nicotine strengths and e-liquid including tobacco and menthol flavours. With a starter device you will be able to change power settings, for a stronger vape and will tend to have a better battery life than pod devices. Take a look below for more information on:
Starter Kits


Closed Pod Systems - Closed pod systems are simple to use inhale activated devices such as HEXA and JUUL. These closed pod systems use a ‘click-and-go’ method. There is no need to refill pods, change coils or fiddle with settings. All you need to do is click in a pod of your choice and when it is empty, dispose of the pod. These pods come in a selection of menthol flavours such as Menthol Tobacco and Glacier Mint.