The EU's impending ban on snus may lead to a popular movement in Sweden demanding that the country leaves the European Union
Science has become a political football to be controlled to stage-manage advocacy for a pre-set agenda. We can't afford it to be
All over the world, governments impose draconian taxes on tobacco, and then they wind up surprised that projected revenues don’t materialize. Ireland being the latest case in point
The civil service's actions on the plain cigarette packs consultation have been nothing short of a disgrace
Smokers must have the freedom to purchase less harmful products to help them off their addiction. This isn’t just a matter of choice. For many, it’s a matter of life and death
If, after Christmas, I glance in the mirror and the overhang of my stomach is a little larger, I will perhaps eat a little less. But I don’t need government to make that decision for me
Policies that emanate from Geneva are often based scarcely on statistics, and stifle economic growth in the developing world
Corruption behind the government’s public consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products
Are EU officials stopping the gravy train just long enough to get on themselves?
As long as taxes on tobacco, fuel and alcohol are high, the Government will fail to tackle the serious and growing problem that is the illicit market
Plain packaging will not lead to less youth smoking, but more smuggling and more wasting of tax payers’ money. It is illegal under world trade laws and sets an appalling precedent for further state interference
It simply isn’t fair that UK drivers pay some of the highest fuel taxes in the world, and the highest in the EU
That some people do not agree with smokers' choices is no reason to start treating the law as a pick'n'mix counter, applying it only to groups we as a society are deemed to 'like'.
In striving to remedy social ills, politicians are guilty of compounding our problems by taxing and prohibiting. Enough is enough; it is time for innovation in political thinking.
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