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.