As of today menthol cigarettes will no longer be available in this country in a clamp down to prevent young people from smoking.
There are still 280 children under the age of 16 taking up the habit every day in England, this is a staggering 100,000 children every year and 100,000 lives that will inevitably be cut short due to the harms of smoking. Smoking can impact in many ways including premature death, poorer health outcomes as well as the financial impacts. If a young person were to smoke 10 cigarettes a day this would cost them over £2,300 a year: Money that have gone towards rent, a deposit on a house or easing the financial pressures when starting a family.
Menthol cigarettes were banned due to its attraction to younger people as there were some assumptions it would be less harsh on the throat, less damaging whilst also improving the taste.
There is NO safe level of exposure to smoking any form of tobacco and we hope these new measures will help us to continue to work towards a smokefree generation and will discourage young people from the temptation of even trying a cigarette.
As shared by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) ‘The increasingly tough twenty first century tobacco regulations introduced by successive governments have been associated with a rapid decline in youth smoking from 17% of under 16s in 2002 to 5% in 2018.’
Here in the East Riding we are also seeing reductions in young people starting smoking as well as their perceptions around smoking changing. However, there is still more we can do to help young people to feel empowered to not be tempted to try a cigarette.
We hope that the changes brought in from today will encourage these figures to continue to reduce so we can see our first Smokefree Generation.
Help support friends, family, colleagues who currently smoke menthol cigarettes to use this as an opportunity to make a change and stop smoking for good. Your local East Riding Stop Smoking Service can provide 8 weeks Stop Smoking Support alongside Nicotine Replacement Therapy. We can support, motivate, discuss cravings and how best to overcome them to put everyone in the strongest position to stop for good.
We support anyone aged 12 and up to stop smoking. To look at how you can support a young person to access support why not tell them about how they can refer in for support.
- Text Quit to 60163
- Speak to their School Nurse via Chat Health: 07507 332891
- Call 0800 9177752
- Go to our Contact Us Page on our website