Leaked reports have revealed a government drive to wipe out smoking altogether in England by 2030.
Tory ministers are poised to reveal the bombshell target in a Green Paper outlining new incentives to kick the habit, with tobacco giants facing a levy to pay for the public health costs of helping people to stop or change to e-cigarettes.
The identical or a comparable tax could further fund the cost of a Trading Standards crackdown on black market goods. In the meantime, pamphlets giving information on how to quit could have to be included in every cigarette packet.
Boris Johnson had already pledged to halt all new “sin taxes”, and his campaign ties to the tobacco industry have come under huge scrutiny, but he promised a review of existing “sin taxes”, and rather than merely taxing people more, Boris Johnson said that we should look at how efficient the so-called sin taxes really are, and if they really alter behaviour.
And it’s understood that, as one possibility, officials are looking at plans for a levy that was proposed last year, and the tobacco transition fund would work like the sugar tax, forcing both consumers and the industry to change behaviour.
It was claimed that the fund could raise £1 billion over a decade, funded by tobacco firms, to pay for public health “stop smoking” services, but smoking continues to be the UK’s most prominent preventable cause of cancer, despite rates of Britons lighting up halving in the last 35 years.
The gains in tobacco control have been hard-won, and there’s still much to do, and for the 15 per cent of adults who are not yet smoke-free, smoking is the principal author of ill health and untimely demise, and a significant cause of inequalities.
Nevertheless, people have a right to light up if they want without being harried to quit, and it’s not up to the government to dictate people’s lifestyles.
But a vision for prevention would aim to add five years to a healthy life expectancy in the United Kingdom, and there are now 1.8 million fewer adult smokers in England than seven years ago.
Meanwhile, e-cigarette use proceeds to rise, with 6.3 per cent of adults vaping in 2018, up from 5.5 per cent the previous year, and just over half 51.5 per cent of those vaping said it was helping them quit smoking.
But it appears that this government is whittling away our freedom of choice, and in 30 years time or less people won’t be allowed this and that, and police will be overstretched striving to deal with illegal smoking. Hopefully, within this time, we would have discovered a way of Government that doesn’t need MPs, and we won’t have to fight their ego.
But the more useful approach would be to end politicians expenses and having second homes which they rent out for enormous amounts of money, and their travel expenses and get rid of the House of Lords who get around £1,500 a week for sitting around all day doing nothing apart from sleeping, and the Victorian way has really got to end because it’s a disgrace to our elderly, sick and disabled who are regularly getting cuts made by our treasonable Tory government.
We need to stop all these backhanders from healthcare companies, particularly hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms and private investors who paid Jeremy Hunt £32,950 for information about the NHS.
And it does make you question what tax will replace the enormous amount the government profit from tobacco if everyone gave up smoking, and next up after the smokers will be the drinkers, the eaters, the drivers and the extreme sportspeople or anyone who puts their lives in jeopardy or risks injury just for the enjoyment because of course that would be another strain on the emergency services and NHS.
Now, we’d daren’t enjoy anything and expect the NHS to pick up the pieces – newsflash, we’re all going to die, I promise you, but we’d also like to enjoy it while we’re here, we won’t of course, but we can dream!
The smoking ban should also include those foul-smelling cigars that all those pompous dipsticks in government smoke, but of course, its all bunk because now their encouraging people to use vapes which are just as harmful to a persons health because according to the American Lung Association, using electronic cigarettes or vaping, especially the flavoured types, can cause popcorn lung.
Once the risks associated with diacetyl were found in the early 2000s, the preponderance of popcorn producers quit using the chemical. However, e-cigarette vapour has been proven to include diacetyl, and in a 2015 study of flavoured e-cigarettes discovered that 39 out of 51 tested brands contained diacetyl.
The same study concluded that most of these brands also contained toxic chemicals acetoin and 2,3 pentanedione.
Manufacturers add diacetyl to the “e-juice” that is vaporized by e-cigarettes, most usually to the strongly-flavoured varieties, and diacetyl occurs in an extensive variety of different flavoured e-cigarette products, ranging from vanilla to caramel and coconut.
A diagnosis of popcorn lung normally happens after a person has presented with the symptoms but has no other respiratory conditions, and there is lung tissue scarring caused by popcorn lung which is irreversible, also there is no cure for the condition once it’s developed and starts tightening the airways.
Of course, the best way to stop popcorn lung is to avoid lung damage, and not to use e-cigarettes or vaping products, particularly those with flavoured products. I’m not saying that vaping is less dangerous than smoking or that smoking is less dangerous than vaping, both are equally as dangerous, and e-cigarettes will ultimately put a strain on the NHS.
And even though the government has made changes to prevent people smoking, they will never put an embargo on smoking because smoking makes the government far too much money from taxes, but the government like smokescreens and they will make it look like they’re attempting to stop it but actually they enjoy the money they get from people smoking.
And do we really believe that the government gives two hoots about our health? And of course, we don’t live in a dictatorship at all, do we?