General (General discussion, talk about anything.)
I can't believe that the country's economy is totally dependent on tobacco exise,a large slice maybe but there must be clever people who can come up with a way of offsetting this loss of revenue.
It doesn't have to be an immediate,total ban,it wouldn't work anyway,rather phase it out gradually in conjunction with real education of the health problems and in the meantime introduce alternative ways of raising revenue. In the long term the savings on the health bill will far outweigh the initial loss of the exise revenue.
The only obstacle to the above is that no one seems to have the political will to do such a thing and the future for most politicians is the next election.
Replied: 6th Apr 2007 at 02:23