Because people have a righ to smoke if they wish to do so, the government should collect taxes on it to pay for any increase in health expenditure. Stop the double standards of taxation then saying its wrong.
The government collects tax on smoking and then bleats at us telling us its wrong. How did we get to the situation where we have to watch rubbish all the time on TV saying how ill it will make us etc. For the love of god everybody knows smoking is not a valid health plan, people smoke because its relaxing, enjoyable and yes it is cool. Let people smoke where they want, if businesses are losing money because of smokers they will ban it themselves. Let the market decide. Stop spending umpteen £Millions telling us what we already know and let people live the way they want to.
I write this while smoking a roll-up. It is tasty.