Menthol cigarettes and tobacco are banned from being sold in Ireland from today.
All tobacco products with flavours, with the exception of menthol, were first prohibited in 2016. However, the banning of menthol cigarettes was pushed out until this year.
A European Court of Justice ruling four years ago declared that the flavouring is used to increase the attractiveness of cigarettes.
“Menthol, by its pleasant flavour, makes tobacco products more attractive to consumers and … reducing the attractiveness of those products may contribute to reducing the prevalence of tobacco use and dependence among new and continuing users,” said the 2016 ruling.