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Rescind these discriminatory anti smoking laws or give us our money back!

Submitted on Monday 15th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Rescind these discriminatory anti smoking laws or give us our money back!

Additional Information

For 2010/2011 the excise and VAT on smoking comes to £11.1 billion
Same year total expenditure on the NHS £90 billion
Total cost of treating smokers in the UK for 2009 - £5 billion

UK Smokers = 21% of population 61,393,000 (Estimate 2009) meaning 12.9 million

UK non-smokers 48.5 million contributing ZERO to the above other than normal tax
UK Smokers 12.9 million contributing £11.1 billion in addition to normal tax or
£6.1 billion MORE than we cost!

This means that each UK smoker contributes roughly £473 ABOVE the costs of treating UK smokers each and every year. This is also in addition to the normal taxes that we pay along with the non-smokers.

For that kind of money each UK smoker could contribute to the tax pot as normal and have more than enough money for BUPA health care each and every year.
Rescind these discriminatory anti smoking laws or give us our money back!


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