Apparently, the EU have legislation in train to ban menthol and vanilla flavoured cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco.
Heard this on the Late Debate at the start of anti-smoking segment, just after the Shatter debacle segment.
EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Questions and answers: Towards a new EU law on Tobacco Products
See also: Taoiseach holds formal talks with tobacco industry - Irish News, World News & More | The Irish Times - Thu, May 23, 2013What is the main content of the revision?
The proposal foresees major revisions of the current Directive. It addresses in particular the following areas and provisions:
Ingredients: A harmonised electronic reporting format for ingredients and emissions will be introduced. The proposal foresees a prohibition for cigarettes, roll your own (RYO) tobacco and smokeless tobacco products with characterising flavours and a prohibition of products with additives which increase its toxicity and addictiveness.
A brilliant idea.However, the industry figures also called on the Government to reject proposals in a draft EU tobacco directive to ban menthol and roll-your-own products.
What a brilliant idea, force those who smoke hand rolling tobacco (which contains no additives) to smoke ready-made cigarettes (which are full of additives).
Ready-made cigarettes are much more expensive than rolling tobacco.
Ready-made cigarettes contain dozens of added chemicals which are known to be carcinogenic in large* doses, rolling tobacco do not contain these chemicals.
Ready-made cigarettes have a filter which is not biodegradable so is a long term litter/pollutant, particularly as the filter will also contain chemicals from the tobacco.
On a personal level, the smell and taste of a ready-made cigarette is foul and bitter with no difference between brands. Rolling tobacco smells of tobacco, not chemicals. Some have a pleasant smell from the smoke, some not pleasant but it doesn't stink.
*large in toxicological terms.