The poorest will pay if taxes on cigarettes increase further

Christopher Snowdon appears on BBC West Midlands

Christopher Snowdon, the IEA's Director of Lifestyle Economics appeared on BBC West Midlands arguing that any further increases to taxation on tobacco was extortion. Recent calls have been made to increase the tax on cigarettes 5% above the rate of inflation. Chris argues that the poor will be disproportionately affected. He also points to the fact that the UK already have some of the highest taxes on items such as tobacco and alcohol and should not be increased further. 

You can listen to the programme in full here. Chris' segment begins at 00.43.33

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