UK Gov’t proposed levy on tobacco industry welcomed

04 Dec 2014


Action on Smoking and Health welcomes the announcement that the UK Government will soon be launching a consultation on introducing a levy on the tobacco industry.

In his Statement published on 3 December the Chancellor stated: “Smoking imposes costs on society, and the government believes it is therefore fair to ask the tobacco industry to make a greater contribution.”

ASH estimates that a levy of just 1 pence ($US0.02) per stick could raise $554.96 million. To have the greatest impact in reducing the cost to society caused by smoking, the levy should be used to prevent children from starting and to help existing smokers to quit.

Read the full press release online


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