Stats below from DoH.
"The Treasury earned £9.5 billion in revenue from tobacco duties in the
financial year 2011-2012 (excluding VAT). This amounts to 2% of total
Government revenue. Including VAT at an estimated £2.6bn, total tobacco
revenue was £12.1bn. The price of a pack of 20 premium brand cigarettes
currently costs around £7.45, of which £5.80 (78%) is tax."
Some stats from ASH:
"Research commissioned by ASH has shown that the cost to the NHS of treating diseases caused by smoking is approximately £2.7 billion a year.6 Another study put the estimated cost as high as £5.2 billion"
So Treasury making around 7b profit per year from smoking. Quite mind blowing numbers arent they?
I wonder, if the government got it's so called wish of eradicating smoking for good, how they would replace the 7b? quite a scary thought really. Something esle would have to give? deeper cuts at the NHS as we wont need so much from it as no more smoking related illnesses? i dont think so.......