In a move designed to make smoking less attractive to the young EU ministers are set to place a ban on menthol cigarettes.

This is part of the proposed Tobacco Directive that aims to stop young people starting the habit in the first place and therefore reducing the number of people (700,000) killed every year by smoking.

This had initially also included banning 'slim' type cigarettes but it does not look like there will be enough support for that.

Several countries are against the ban, such as Poland where about 20% of cigarette sales are for the menthol variety.

This plan seems to tick the health boxes but it does not tick the liberty box. Then there is the employment and tax angles, who's going to fund the NHS if not smokers?

I then always ask myself 'what's next?'. My immediate guess would be pre-prepared shandy and tipples like it.

Cigarette Smoke by Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin

Cigarette Smoke by Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin

As a reformed smoker myself and knowing the health benefits of giving it up I personally would still not want to see other peoples' rights impinged upon. It is their decision just as some people do silly things like climbing mountains etc.

And of course UKIP has something to say on the matter. The party's deputy leader, Paul Nuttall MEP said: "This legislation shows just how far the EU is prepared to go to control how we live and what we do. If people want to smoke menthol cigarettes, let them. What will the EU do next? Regulate what time we go to bed? Ban putting sugar in tea? Ban Buck's Fizz because the orange juice disguises the alcohol? It's utterly ridiculous.

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