Chain Smokers among World Leaders

Published on July 10th, 2013 00:00

An amazing number of world leaders are chain smokers, despite the fact that many of them lighting up in public. In the course of the 20th century, a lot of widely recognized politicians and global leaders smoked as until the 1960s, smoking had little or no stigma.

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The ex-chancellor of West Germany Helmut Schmidt was well-known for smoking cigarettes during TV interviews. In fact, in December 2011, when Schmidt was already 92 lit up a cigarette during a public TV interview, he linked his mental wellbeing at such a high age to “lots and lots of cigarettes.”

Queen Margret the II of Denmark is so attached to cigarette smoking that she is even nicknamed the “Ashtray Queen.” She generally smokes around three packages per day, sharing her habit with practically 40 % of the Scandinavian country’s women - an issue mostly credited to the very popular Margret herself. Other popular world smokers include King Hussein of Jordan, ex - German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles, the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the president of modern Turkey.

Numerous British politicians light up, probably the most well-known was Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose image is virtually inseparable from the big cigars he indulged in.
Princess Margaret and ex - Labour leader Neil Kinnock also used to smoke greatly, while Conservative Trade Secretary Nicholas Ridley, a heavy smoker, was practically never seen without a cigarette.

Today, in the second decade of the 21st century, the tendency towards prohibiting cigarette use in public areas has produced some uncomfortable experiences for authorities who are hooked on tobacco. Some other important Europeans also like to indulge in cigarette - the conservative Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who gives preference to cigars, one time stated that “The Atlantic Ocean is probably the last place left where you can light up.”

Marine Le Pen, the head of France’s far-right National Front party who is apparently the second most influential politician in the country, also smokes many cigarettes per day and doesn’t mind having her photos taken with a cigarette in her hand.

By Kevin Lawson, Staff Writer.
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