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Health Minister Simon Harris said the purpose of the ban is to ensure that cigarette and tobacco products for sale can no longer include ingredients that would make smoking "more palatable". From Wednesday, it will be illegal for menthol fags to be made or sold anywhere in Ireland or across the rest of the European Union.

The EU imposed the ban amid concerns that menthol cigarettes are popular with youngsters who mistakenly think they are less harmful because they taste more palatable than regular tobacco.