Dear Sir or Madam,
My partner,trying hard to give up smoking, suggested that if every smoker 'gave up' then the NHS would be in even greater financial difficulty. I replied that the cost to the NHS as a result of smoking related illness would far out-weigh the Tax Income from cigarette sales.
Where-as we appreciate that cigarette Tax falls into the Revenue Tax bucket, as opposed to forming an identifyable money paid direct to the NHS, we all (as this was part of a pub discussion group) be interested in some hard financial facts relating to cigarette Tax Income and costs to the NHS resulting from smoking. Thankyou for your time.
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Dear Mr Walker,
Thank you for your recent email to the Department of Health about the
revenue generated from tobacco sales. I have been asked to reply.
It is very difficult to establish an exact figure on what smoking related
ill-health costs the NHS. However, smoking is the largest single cause of
preventable illness and premature death in the UK. It kills 106,000
people every year and costs the British taxpayer more than -L-1.7billion a
year in treatment bills alone. It causes 84 per cent of deaths from lung
cancer and 83 per cent of deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease,
The revenue generated from tobacco products is a matter for HM Treasury.
However, it should be noted that the Government, as a whole, has made the
decision to reduce smoking rates in England. In 2004, the Government
agreed an overarching target to reduce smoking substantially from 25 per
cent in 2004 to 21 per cent or less by 2010 and to reduce smoking among
routine and manual groups to 26 per cent or less. The Government expects
that reducing smoking rates will lead to a loss of revenue to the
Exchequer. However, any loss to the Exchequer is balanced by the fact
that thousands of lives are saved through the Government's tobacco control
Should you wish to contact HM Treasury about the revenue generated from
tobacco products, their email address is:
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