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The Government has launched an investigation into a global tobacco giant’s range of menthol replacement cigarettes following a ban of the flavoured products last month.

Following enquiries by i, the health minister Jo Churchill has ordered Public Health England (PHE) to look into a series of cigarettes from Japan Tobacco International (JTI), which trades as Gallaher in the UK.

The PHE investigation follows the ban of all menthol cigarettes last month, and the introduction of JTI’s “New Dual” range across its Benson & Hedges, Mayfair and Silk Cut products. [...]