Licensed To Smoke?

Think smokers have it bad right now? Sure, in many places they are taxed to the Nth degree, huddled into tiny little corners, and told that it’s just the government trying to protect them form themselves. Or worse yet, trying to protect others from some undocumented impact to non-smokers or users. And, of course, all that tax money rarely goes to any substantive health program. I mean, if everyone quit, the funding would disappear and we cannot have that. Time for the next crock of shit scheme.

The UK has a new plan cooked up by Health England. Smokers could be forced to pay £10 for a permit to buy tobacco if a government health advisory body gets its way. Professor Le Grand, a former adviser to ex-PM Tony Blair, said cash raised by the proposed scheme would go to the NHS. He said it was the inconvenience of getting a permit – as much as the cost – that would deter people from persisting with the smoking habit. “You’ve got to get a form, a complex form – the government’s good at complex forms; you have got to get a photograph. “It’s a little bit of a problem to actually do it, so you have got to make a conscious decision every year to opt in to being a smoker.”

I’m kind of curious as to how he vets the statement that “70% of smokers actually want to stop smoking”?


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