Last Day Of The Consulate


Menthol health alert.

Your first ciggy.

Banned at Midnight.

The law change comes as part of new EU Tobacco Product Directive laws, which mean products for sale can no longer include ingredients that would make smoking more palatable by masking the taste of tobacco.

The move has been in the pipeline for a number of years, with the prohibition contained in the EU (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco and Related Products) Regulations 2016 made by the Minister for Health in 2016.

Simon Harris said: “The pleasant taste of menthol masks the true taste of tobacco and might attract first-time smokers or keep people smoking who might wish to quit.”

He’s correct of course.

Nothing beats the true taste of tobacco.

Menthol cigarette sales to be banned from tomorrow (RTÉ)


38 thoughts on “Last Day Of The Consulate

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Yep. I started on Major (rough enough) went to B&H, then went off them for a week, and took up Silk Cut silver. I tried one of those menthol things once and it was brutal.
        After all that, I finally went off them 4 years ago, sucking those Nicotinell yokes, I’m only gone off the Nicontinell since Covid. 4 Years of them. But a lot cheaper than fags. Didn’t miss the fags but the Nicotinell – would be nice to have one now and again.

        1. Clampers Outside

          Fair dues Giggidy!

          I haven’t given up yet, but I have gone from a box / 20+ a day habit to a standard 30 gram pouch a fortnight. I’ll get there… soon enough.

  1. diddy

    it’s amazing how these minor brands are viable at all. who’s buying 20 carolls or major anymore?

    secondly why does the government dance around the head of a pin on this? just ban the sale and supply of tobacco in centras etc. pharmacists only with a doctor’s note. smokers will be gummin for a few weeks then the brainwash will lift.

  2. Mr. P

    Are Rothmans gone?
    Carrols? (My Dads brand)
    Major & Supersize?
    What were the skinny brown ones that had a chocolate taste?
    The unfiltered ones (Sailor/Something Nautical)?

  3. bisted

    …the nautical ones I think you mean were called Capstan Full Strength…had a friend who worked in marketing research who called these consumers ‘defiant smokers’…

    1. The Old Boy

      There are three nautically-themed unfiltered brands that I can think of: Player’s Navy Cut, Capstan and Senior Service.

  4. :-Joe

    Ye, thought this was a weird one… banned because of masking or enhancing flavour, really?

    How about banning for the fact that It’s been well known for years that whatever chemicals it is that’s used to make the menthol flavour, it’s a lot more damaging and more likely to cause lung cancer etc. a lot faster?..
    – Oh no, then the lies of the ciggy companies might be exposed and held accountable…

    Very old school big tobacco is at war with the electronic device manufacturers and particularly the e-liquid market(mostly smaller cottage industry businesses) trying to get everything with a flavour banned while also lobbying(bribing) to facilitate their new minimum tar version of the smokeless cigarette… the usual typical crazy stuff from the greedy corporations.

    Auld habits die hard…

    :-J – https:///

  5. scottser

    Menthol, when I were a lad were what pregnant women smoked.
    I am ‘off’ the fags about 5 years now. Had to go for a medical and they did a lung test. 70 was my score – hey that’s pretty cool says i. That’s the age of your lungs says the doc, and me in my mid forties. I’d have the very odd occasional smoke but it is NEVER a menthol.

    1. Clampers Outside

      Scary stuff.

      Does that test cost much and can it be done anywhere, like a local gp?

  6. barry

    Aren’t there loads of additives to tobacco though that changes the flavour? In normal cigarettes and probably rolling tobacco?

  7. SOQ

    I love sucking on a fag myself- zero intention of giving up. My mother presented to a lung specialist at the age of of 86- he said he had never seen such an advanced case before- she died 3 weeks later- of… old age.

    She rode a bike until she was 64- in the country mind so not inhaling lung cancer fumes from the back end of a Dublin bus.

  8. Truth in the News

    How much does Simon Harris Government take in Taxes on Tobacco Products P/A

  9. Liam Deliverance

    Try a tiny dab of Olbas oil on the paper !!!!!!

    Also remember More, packets in red and green (mint), long skinny brown yokes

    20 Sweet Afton

    John Player Blue/Black/Red

    1. Paulus

      Churchman’s; Similar to Major but fatter and without a tip, so you’d be spitting little strands of tobacco while you smoked.

    2. Rosette of Sirius

      Had an aunt who smoked Sweet Afton. She was a literary type. Liked them because they were named after Robert Burns sister – Afton – who lived Dundalk. Other interesting factoid is Carrols also released a filtered version called Sweet Afton Major. Which of course became possibly the most famous Irish smokers smoke.

      Aunt died at 94. I never smoked mind you.

      1. Bottler

        Thought these were named after a poem that started
        “Flow gently sweet Afton”
        Also had an aunt who puffed them along with a small Jemmy well into her eighties!

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          my Dad smoked those from when he was 13, now recovering from lung cancer,
          I thank my lucky stars everyday dumb as I was as a teenager I never got into the smoking

  10. Gabby

    Ah for the days of Woodbines, affectionately known as coffin nails. Their aroma was no match for Gitanes Disque Bleu.

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