Tobacco giant Gallaher has responded to the growing trend for Menthol cigarettes by launching a Silk Cut variant.

Gallaher's head of communications Jeremy Blackburn claimed menthol was one of the fastest-rising trends in tobacco and now accounted for one in every 15 cigarettes smoked in the UK.

"Silk Cut Menthol cigarettes bring a touch of style and sophistication to the premium kingsize menthol sector," he said.

Last month the company launched a super-slim cigarette under the brand.