Former German Chancellor Stays One Step Ahead of European Nannies, Hoards Cigarettes

Credit: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F048646-0033 / Wegmann, Ludwig / CC-BY-SACredit: Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F048646-0033 / Wegmann, Ludwig / CC-BY-SAThe 94-year-old former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has hoarded 38,000 menthol cigarettes in his house, fearing that they could be banned by the European Union.

From The Local:

Schmidt, 94, has a carte blanche when it comes to smoking. Whether on live television or indoors at political conventions, the former-Chancellor is allowed to light up where he pleases. 

But it would seem even he is not above EU law, as central parliament in Brussels is considering banning his favourite vice – menthol cigarettes. 

One step ahead, Schmidt has apparently stashed 200 cartons of his preferred brand, Reyno, in his house, the Hamburger Morgenpost revealed. This means that he has enough to keep him on a packet a day until he turns 100. 

Responsible for outing his secret is Chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück of Schmidt's old party the Social Democrats. 


Schmidt, a well known lover of menthol cigarettes, is not being overly prepared. The European commission is hoping to ban menthol cigarettes. The proposed ban on menthol cigarettes is only the latest example of the nannying instinct exhibited by many legislators in the European Union, which has already proposed or implemented bans on unsupervised children blowing up balloons, refillable olive oil jugs, and pictures of babies on baby formula.

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  • RBS||

    Wow, that baby formula one is stupid.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Well, according to the European Parliament’s view-point, mothers may not understand the value of breastfeeding, and thus need to be guided in case they are ‘discouraged’ from doing so by attractive formula packaging.

    Attractive packaging to get people to buy things? Say it isn't so! Also, if the MEP's think that the people who elected them are so blitheringly stupid, do they not see what follows?

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  • SugarFree||

    We will go that way soon. We've already banned clove cigarettes, driving fans of The Smiths even closer to self-extinction.

  • ||

    Don't forget that actual mint (like in old Nat Shermans) was banned, making the subpar substitute menthol the only legal option. I haven't smoked for years and that still pissed me off.

  • Suellington||

    smoke em if ya got em.

  • califernian||

    ...latest example of the nannying instinct exhibited by many legislators in the European Union,

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Missed opportunity to plug your own article on the olive oil silliness!

    http://reason.com/24-7/2013/05.....-oil-in-re

  • ChrisO||

    Poor Helmut. If he doesn't stop smoking, he won't live to a ripe old age.

  • BANTOBACCODRUG||

    But his tobacco drug-induced brain damaged happened YEARS ago, when he began his addiction to the ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG!

  • wr777||

    Why doesn't he just buy them from some place like AAA Tobacco for about $2,000 less a year and have everything he needs delivered to his door? No need to hoard.

  • OscarD||

    Congratulation to the European Union. 68 years after the fall of Nazi Germany, the EU has embraced fascism. Der Fuhrer must be very proud.

    Now will all Jews and Christians line up on the left for Special Action.

  • Spoonman.||

    Little bit of hyperbole there?

  • CZmacure||

    He is not the only one hording ciggs. We in the USA have been doing it for years. The leftist militant nutcase control freaks will ban them soon enough but I will have a supply forever. Screw them, and their medical fear mongering. I will do as I please.

  • BANTOBACCODRUG||

    Then, you are a CRIMINAL, guilty of being an accessory to the MURDER of 500,000 American addicts and another 65,000 INNOCENT citizens (who were exposed to TOXIC TOBACCO SMOKE) who DIE every year!

  • hoyeru||

    I wonder if the author of this article himself smokes. If not, why not? Cuz smoking is bad? Well guess what, some people cannot stop smoking because smoking is one of the most addictive habits imaginable. Why sholdnt Europe regulate it? Guess what, it turns out when tests are made even "innocent" substances like sugar and salt are as addictive as cocaine. It's only reasonable they should be regulated. But for some web site that claims "reason", you dont seem to be using it too much.

  • New Cassandra||

    Drink !

  • Danimals||

    Summary:

    Those poor smokers simply can't stop smoking, so we must turn them into criminals. In conclusion, everything bad should be banned.

  • BANTOBACCODRUG||

    The CRIMINALS are the TOBACCO PUSHERS, who should be prosecuted for murder and genocide of the human race!

  • BANTOBACCODRUG||

    Tobacco is ALREADY an ILLEGAL DRUG, since it is still illegal to POISON PEOPLE, no matter how slowly you do it!

    BAN THE ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG, NOW AND PROSECUTE THE CRIMINAL TOBACCO PUSHERS for the MURDER and GENOCIDE of 14,000 addicts and another 1,800 INNOCENT people (who were exposed to TOXIC TOBACCO SMOKE) around the world, EVERY SINGLE DAY!

    TOBACCO IS TERRORISM!

    http://medicolegal.tripod.com/tobaccomurder.htm

  • MisterDamage||

    I will smoke my first cigarette on the day that smoking is banned. I hope you enjoy your victory when it comes. May it be as ashes in your mouth.

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