The Mirror features an IEA report
Experts want Chancellor George Osborne to cut “sin taxes” by 50 per cent to help millions of families fight the cost of living crisis.
The poorest 20 per cent pay £1,286 in taxes on gambling, cigarettes, alcohol and other duties, said the influential Institute of Economic Affairs.
Halving the taxes would cut a litre of petrol from £1.33 to 98p and 20 cigarettes would drop from £7.98 to £5.08.
Author Christopher Snowdon said: “The poorest spend a much higher proportion of their income on high-taxed products such as alcohol and tobacco.”
The report says a smoker from the poorest fifth of families spends up to 22 per cent of disposable cash on cigarettes.
The study, on “the sin taxes that make the poor poorer”, said: “The most effective way for the state to lift people out of poverty is to stop taking their money.”
A Government source said: “Tax is one way to change behaviour, particularly over smoking and drinking.”
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