Norway will ban the sale of menthol cigarettes, capsule cigarettes, and flavored e-cigarettes by 2024, making it the last European country to do so.
According to a report from the Norwegian news website bt.no, Norway is set to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products called “bursting beads” by 2024, making it the last country in Europe to prohibit these types of products. Additionally, Norway will also prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Norway is one of the few countries in Europe that still allows the sale of menthol cigarettes and cigarettes with “burst beads”. However, starting next year, this situation will change completely as the tobacco market in Norway will no longer offer flavored cigarettes or cigarettes with burst beads. The ban on flavors means that only e-cigarettes or supplements with a tobacco flavor will be available for sale in the market. In fact, the ban on menthol cigarettes in Norway has been a long time coming. As part of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), the Norwegian government had previously indicated its intention to implement this regulation in 2021. However, due to encountering some obstacles within the EU and other countries, the plan has been forced to be postponed. The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Social Services is projecting that this ban will come into effect in 2024, although the exact date has not been confirmed.