Smoking announcement a victory for ‘enemies of enterprise’
Prof Philip Booth comments on Lord Hutton's proposals
Mark Littlewood comments on the government's display ban proposals
“Today’s announcement is a victory for regulation and the ‘enemies of enterprise’ that David Cameron declared war on only a few days ago. It is yet another heavy-handed and costly intervention by government that will hurt businesses and, as many studies have shown, will do nothing to lower smoking prevalence.
“The proposed consultation on plain packaging is a further unwelcome step. Illicit tobacco already makes up some 20% of the market in the UK and plain packaging will simply make it easier for providers of illicit tobacco to pass off their wares as legitimate. It will help create a thriving black market and will see tax revenues fall.
“The government announced its commitment to enterprise only last weekend; today’s announcement raises the fear that it was merely rhetoric.”
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