If you are a smoker then you need to be aware of these new rules on cigarettes and tobacco that will come into force within weeks. Packs of 10 cigarettes as well as smaller packs of rolling tobacco and some flavoured tobacco will longer be available.
The new laws came into effect in May last year, but shops and suppliers were a given time of one year to adjust and get rid of old stock. So, now the bans will fully come into force from May 20, 2017.
New laws on cigarettes and tobacco
- Smaller packets of cigarettes will no longer be available.
- Smaller bags containing less than 30g of roll up tobacco will also be banned.
- The cheapest packet of cigarettes will cost £8.82
- Menthol cigarettes, which according to experts are often aimed at beginner smokers will gradually be phased out.
- Cigarettes packets will be plain with graphic images which will show the impact that cigarette have on their body.
- Some flavoured cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco, including fruit, spice, herbs, alcohol, candy or vanilla, will also be made illegal.
Why Government is doing this?
Phasing out menthol cigarettes will prevent younger people from smoking, according to the charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash).
Amanda Sandford of Ash hopes that new laws will make smokers think twice about spending money on cigarettes when the price of packets will hit hard their pockets.
She told the Hull Daily Mail : “Cigarettes are already expensive and the price increase of cigarettes is a key factor in making people quit smoking. So by removing the packet of ten cigarettes this means people will have to find that extra money for a packet. It will hit poorer smokers harder, who are usually younger smokers.”
“Paying £3 or £4 for a packet of ten cigarettes at the moment might not seem so much to people and still leave 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 the package is being changed?
Ms Sandford said: “This is to make smoking less appealing. There is evidence that from the changes that have already been made to packaging that it has made people quit smoking.”
“And that is because people are faced with very harsh health images every time they pick up a pack of cigarettes. All packaging will have a plain green background with a very dominant health warning image on them.”
The brand name will be written in standard font, size and location and the new health warning will cover 60 percent of the packing.