All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health - APPG on Smoking and
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All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health - APPG on Smoking and

9 November 2023

Summary

6 APPG on Smoking and Health Manifesto for a Smokefree Future Recommendations Recommendation 1: Make the polluter pay The APPG recommends that the Government commits to meeting the costs of Making Smoking History through the implementation of a ring-fenced windfall tax on the tobacco industry followed by a long-term levy capping the profits of the industry. [...] 2.3 The full cost of smoking to the UK in 2023 was estimated to be £89.3 billion, equivalent to around 3.9% of the 2022 UK GDP.6 This estimate includes direct costs such as the cost to the NHS of treating diseases caused by smoking and the provision of social care needed by smokers and ex-smokers as a direct result of their smoking. [...] 5.17 The primary legislation giving the Secretary of State powers to set up such a scheme were tabled by members of the APPG as amendments to the Health & Social Care bill in the Commons.20 Despite 12 APPG on Smoking and Health Manifesto for a Smokefree Future support from Labour, the SNP, and Plaid Cymru in the Commons, and across the House of Lords, the government refused to accept the amendment. [...] 5.18 The APPG recommends that the Government commits to meeting the costs of Making Smoking History through the implementation of a windfall tax on the tobacco industry followed by a long-term levy capping the profits of the industry. [...] 5.21 The APPG recommends that the Government passes legislation before the end of this parliament for tobacco pack inserts and the smokefree generation proposal 5.22 The Government is consulting on strengthening the regulation of e-cigarettes, a move recommended by the APPG in 2021.

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