The European Union Revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has banned the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes.
The ban includes capsule, click on, click & roll, crush ball or dual menthol cigarettes, and excludes vaping and heated tobacco products.
According to a 2015 study, published in the scientific journal Molecular Pharmacology, menthol in combination with tobacco acts as a local anesthetic, which reduces bodily irritation caused by smoking. As a consequence, people tend to inhale deeper and longer, which eventually increases harm.
Studies have linked menthol, to increased uptake among young people.
A survey in 2018 found that one-in-eight 15-year-olds are smoking regularly. Menthol has also been shown to reduce the likelihood of someone quitting the habit altogether.
An appeal against the law change was attempted by Philip Morris, the manufacturer of cigarette brands such as Marlboro, but it was rejected by the European Court of Justice (ECHO).
The move has been praised by anti-smoking charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), who told the ECHO in October that outlawing menthol tobacco will deter more young people from taking up the habit.
The complete ban comes in an effort to reduce the number of smokers even further, and make taking up the habit less appealing.
There is some belief that menthol cigarettes are better for your health, but there is little evidence to support this and they are just as harmful as regular cigarettes.