Miran Sardar who used to smoke only 20 cigarettes daily is now smoking double and is seriously concerned about his health.
The new menthol ban in the UK is a movement to prevent young people from smoking. The new rules come with strict new legislation and fines for stores still stocking menthol cigarettes.
Miran said: “I just can’t seem to get a proper drag out of these normal cigarettes and I’m now smoking more than I ever did before.
I have also tried shifting to E-cigs and they make me cough even more, I am really concerned about my health now.”
Tarwan Singh a local shopper keeper owner of NISA Local at Blackfriars roadsaid: “my shop is based very close to The University of Salford and a good majority of my customers were young university students.
They used to buy menthol cigarettes on daily bases and now with the menthol ban I am seeing a major sale lost on cigarettes.”
Miran said: “I work as a barber and since they have stopped menthol cigarettes, I am spending more of my money on normal cigarettes and I don’t think I will be able to afford to smoke much longer.”
Now with the new menthol ban rules shops will see a decrease in cigarettes sales but it may cause some to smoke a lot more.
Mr Singh says “I was cashing over £5000 just on menthol cigarettes and with the new rule I have lost so much customers.
But it seems like it has effected some smokers to smoke more than they did before because they don’t feel comfortable with normal cigarettes.”
Miran said: : “It will take me awhile to get use to the normal cigarettes and I already am smoking over 40 cigarettes a day and I’ve never smoked so many in a day”
This chart gives a clear image of how popular and the great increase menthol cigarettes had over the years.
The new menthol ban move is to help young people taking up the habit and cigarettes with a ‘characterising flavour’ draws more attention to younger people than other tobaccos.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) a public health charity that seeks to publicize the risk caused by tobacco. The organisation is headed by the Chief Executive, Deborah Arnott.
ASH released this graph to warn the ban on sale of menthol cigarettes.
ASH stated that over 280 children a day take up smoking in England and that’s more than it has ever been before.
Deborah Arnott an ASH spokesperson underlined the new frameworks:
- No person may produce or supply cigarettes or hand rolling tobacco with a characterising flavour.
- No person may produce or supply cigarettes or hand rolling tobacco with
- a filter, paper, package, capsule or other component containing flavourings;
- a filter, paper or capsule containing tobacco or nicotine; or
- a technical feature allowing the consumer to modify the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the product.