The government is planning to ban ten packs of cigarettes completely, in a bid to reduce the number of smokers in the UK. The price of smoking in the UK is set to soar, with the cheapest pack costing £8.82 after the ban is put into place on May 21st due to a new minimum excise duty separately being introduced. In addition to this, menthol cigarettes will gradually be phased out by 2020. This aims to discourage young people from smoking as the mint flavoured cigarettes can encourage children and younger people to smoke.
Why are smaller packs of cigarettes being banned?
The new change in law aims to reduce the number of smokers across the EU by 2.4 million, and with the prices of cigarettes set to rise, the new rules plan to make smokers think twice about spending money on them. Amanda Sandford of health charity action ‘Ash’ (Action on Smoking and Health) told the Hull Daily Mail: “Cigarettes are already expensive and the price increase of cigarettes is a key factor in making people quit smoking. Paying £3 or £4 for a packet of ten cigarettes at the moment might not seem so much to people and this still leaves them with change in their pockets, but when you have to spend £6/£7, even £9, people may think, ‘Do I really need this packet?’”
Why is the packaging changing?
All cigarette and rolling tobacco packaging will have a plain green background with a dominant health warning image on them. The font and brand name will be written in standard font, with the health warning covering 60 per cent of the cigarette pack. When people are faced with harsh health images every time they pick up a pack of cigarettes, they are more likely to stop. This isn’t the first time cigarettes have faced changes to packaging and display. Back in 2008, all cigarette packages were taken off the display counter in shops to try to quell their use.
What will happen to menthol and flavoured cigarettes?
Under new tobacco laws, menthol cigarettes will only be sold in packs of 20 from May 21st as part of a plan to phase out the flavoured cigarettes entirely by 2020. The ban also includes flavoured cigarettes, such as strawberry and vanilla. The intriguing flavours appeal to children and younger smokers, making them think that menthol or flavoured cigarettes are healthier for you.
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