Lifestyle Economics

Ministers consider forcing tobacco industry to pay for cost of clearing up cigarette butts


In the Media

Victoria Hewson quoted in the i Newspaper

In the Media

Victoria Hewson writes for CapX

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Times

Ministers are considering forcing the tobacco industry to pay for the full cost disposing of tobacco waste products like cigarette butts, after the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said cleaning up cigarette butts costs councils £40 million a year.

Reacting to the news in The Times, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon said: “This tax will inevitably be passed on to smokers who already give the government £11 billion a year. Britain has some of the highest tobacco taxes in the world and they fall disproportionately on those with the lowest incomes“.

Christopher argued that the government should provide more bins if it is so concerned with littering.

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