I was sent a link today.
Naturally it’s full of the usual shite…
Big Tobacco has only one purpose in life and that’s in killing people.
Abolish tobacco and there will be no more health problems.
Tax people for their own good. They will thank you for it.
Gubmits love taxing tobacco because it makes their citizens healthier.
Here in Ireland, we know a little bit about tobacco taxes. Earlier this week, all tobacco had a 50 cent tax increase which brings a pack of 20 up to €12, which I believe makes us the most fleeced smokers in Europe. On that basis I would like to make a couple of points.
Gubmints couldn’t give a shite about the nation’s health. All they see is a captive group who they can squeeze for yet more money. If health was the issue, they’d just ban tobacco altogether but that would be a case of killing the golden goose, wouldn’t it? Their hope is that you can stick a lobster in cold water and gradually increase the temperature to boiling in the hopes that the lobster won’t notice the rise in temperature.
It is simple mathematics – increase tax by 10% and provided there isn’t a 10% corresponding drop in the market then they make more money.
We have one of the most expensive smokes in the world, yet are we as a nation any healthier? A couple of days ago the news was on again about waiting lists for hospital appointments and the number of people having to wait for days on trolleys for admission to a ward. If memory serves me correctly, there are somewhere in the region of 600,000 people waiting for tests, scans, operations, specialist appointments and various other treatments in an overcrowded and overworked hospital system, which hardly sounds like a healthy population?
So I would ask a simple question.
We have suffered smoking bans, display bans, advertising bans, massive tax hikes, petty restrictions on pack sizes, and shortly plain packs.
What has this achieved?
Granted smoking rates are down but we are still a long way from bottom of the league, and there is no corresponding improvement in the health of the nation.
Why can’t they be honest and just admit they like bullying and theft?