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Technically the UK Treasury makes around £6bn a year in a tobacco taxes, even allowing for the cost of healthcare. So - technically - yes it's a nice little earner for the Treasury.

It's also a tax which falls disproportionately on poor people, who are more likely to spend more of their income on booze and fags.

It's clever that the tobacco and alcohol companies have framed this as a libertarian personal freedom issue.

But it's an odd kind of freedom which is quite so expensive and quite so compulsive.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Nov 20th, 2008 at 03:39:44 PM EST
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