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Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Hel­mut Sch­midt is so aghast at EU plans to ban men­thol cig­a­rettes he’s stashed a whop­ping 38,000 of them away in ad­vance.

Brus­sels wants the minty fags off the shelves as they be­lieve they in some way en­cour­age kids to take up smok­ing, which is of course very bad for you. And it must be, too. On his next birth­day, 40-a-day Sch­midt – never seen in pub­lic with­out a lit tab in his hand – will be 95.

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