H/T Rose for this Express report:
Cost of 20 cigarettes to soar to £15 A PACKET under new Government proposals
The proposals, put forward in a document by the Independent Cancer Taskforce, are part of the latest attempt to drastically cut down cancer deaths.
Currently, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs about £9.60, and tobacco is seen as being the main cause of cancer, followed by obesity.
The report suggests the 50 per cent price hike could be put into place by 2020.
The taskforce’s chairman, Harpal Kumar, said the proposals needed to be put into place as soon as possible.
He said: “We’re better informed than ever about how best to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, and how to deliver better patient experience and quality of life. What’s needed now is action.
“We are a long way from where we should be. Our expectation is that the Government and NHS will now make the investments required and implement this strategy with commitment and speed.”
And NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens backed the report, saying: “The NHS will be backing this ground-breaking route map for prevention, earlier diagnosis, modern treatments and compassionate care.”
And I suppose that when cancer rates don’t fall, they’ll just double the price of cigarettes again.
This is state-controlled social engineering of a sort I wouldn’t have expected of a supposedly Conservative government (and we do now have a Conservative rather than a Lib-Con coalition government). Clearly the departure of Nick Clegg made no difference to the government’s ideological antismoking commitment. If state control doesn’t work, more state control is needed.
In other top down state control news, François Hollande is now calling for a eurozone government:
Mr Hollande’s proposals – in an article to mark the 90th birthday of the former European Commission President, Jacques Delors – were framed as a response to the muddled, much criticised and fragile eurozone response to the Greek debt crisis. His comments were, however, also intended to mark out France’s position in negotiations later this year on EU reform, before the in/out referendum in the UK next year or in 2017.
In an apparent swipe at both Germany and Britain, Mr Hollande said that the EU’s problems were caused not by the failure of the European dream, but by a return to national selfishness and a “turning in on oneself”.
“Our biggest threat is not too much Europe, but too little,” Mr Hollande wrote.
So the answer to the failure of EU state control is more EU state control.