At the end of his
I am keen to explore some of the options we have to us to further reduce smoking.
- Should patches and nicotine gum be made cheaper, for example free of tax?
- Can we give better incentives for getting fit?
- Should we tax cigarettes more?
- How can we stop smuggling of illegal cigarettes into our pubs and communities?
- And how does smoking fit in to a wider campaign for public health?
I look forward to hearing your views.
Really? That won't last long...
This is an opportunity for you all to influence the way we do things and any changes we make.
... As long as what you want to influence coincides with our targets, and that your methods of doing so coincide with ours, you prole scum. Anyway, here are my views, you thieving fuck.
Should patches and nicotine gum be made cheaper, for example free of tax?
Yeah, sure; go ahead, Gordo: knock yourself out!
Can we give better incentives for getting fit?
Er... You could stop selling off school playing fields and you could reintroduce compulsory daily sports sessions. It'll keep the kiddie-winks off the fucking streets, too.
But here's the killer...
Should we tax cigarettes more?
How can we stop smuggling of illegal cigarettes into our pubs and communities?
What the fuck are you talking about? First, you one-eyed freak of nature, if you raise the tax on cigarettes—thus making them more expensive—then you will get smuggling. As long as cigarettes can be purchased more cheaply elsewhere (and, given the EU rules) they always can be, the more expensive you make UK cigarettes, the more cheap fags will flood into the country. Look, Gordo, you fucking chimp: incentives work!
Second, if this is about health, then who gives a crap if the cigarettes in "our pubs and communities" are smuggled or not? The only issue here is the Treasury tax take on those packs; let's face it, Gordo, your average man on the street couldn't care less if you happen to rake in a few more millions in that tobacco tax that is strraaaaangely absent from the rest of your speech. What Mr Man On The Street does care about, however, is how much a packet of facts will cost him.
Doesn't this man understand anything about economics?*
* This is a rhetorial qustion to which the true answer is...