Menthol cigarettes will be withdrawn from shelves later this year, with the ban due to come into force from May 2020.
The ban stems from new EU Tobacco Product Directive laws, which outlaws menthol cigarettes.
It is hoped the move will help deter young people from taking up smoking by banning cigarettes with a ‘characterising flavour’ other than tobacco.
The law already only permits menthol cigarettes to be sold in packs of 20, thanks to a wider long-term plan to phase out flavoured cigarettes entirely by May this year.
The complete ban comes in an effort to reduce the number of smokers even further, and make taking up the habit less appealing.
There is some belief that menthol cigarettes are better for your health, but there is little evidence to support this and they are just as harmful as regular cigarettes.
However, there is evidence that menthol cigarettes can make it easier for people to smoke as they relax the airways and the menthol flavour helps to mask the harshness of the smoke.