Legalise Sale of Snus in the UK

Snus is a tobacco product available in Sweden, where it has a long tradion of use, but it is not legal to sell it in th UK. Snus is proven to be a healthier option than smoking.

Why is this idea important?

Snus is a tobacco product available in Sweden, where it has a long tradion of use, but it is not legal to sell it in th UK. Snus is proven to be a healthier option than smoking.

Say NO to the cigarette vending machine ban

As things stand Cigarette machines will be banned from October next year, the main argument against them is that under eighteens use them, however, legislation is already in place to deal with this as by law machines must be in view from the bar in a supervised area. Personally I would welcome this law to be more vigorously enforced because I know that many vendors abuse the law and fit machines any where, also I would welcome Trading Standards doing more test purchases. If this ban does come in it will leave things wide open to the guys selling smuggled/stolen Tobacco, who certainly do not in most cases care what age there customers are. I must comment on the current smoking ban, a couple of months ago my wife and I spent a few days in Amsterdam where common sense prevails; the large bars have separate smoking rooms where staff do not enter and the small bars can allow smoking throughout as long as the licensee does not employ anyone, how can this be wrong ? it was lovely not to see groups of people crowded outside the entrances smoking and littering the area as happens in this country,I am a non smoker and certainly would not want a return to the 1970`s/80`s when I would get home stinking of cigarette smoke but surely a compromise can be reached which would go some way to help save our ailing pubs.

Why is this idea important?

As things stand Cigarette machines will be banned from October next year, the main argument against them is that under eighteens use them, however, legislation is already in place to deal with this as by law machines must be in view from the bar in a supervised area. Personally I would welcome this law to be more vigorously enforced because I know that many vendors abuse the law and fit machines any where, also I would welcome Trading Standards doing more test purchases. If this ban does come in it will leave things wide open to the guys selling smuggled/stolen Tobacco, who certainly do not in most cases care what age there customers are. I must comment on the current smoking ban, a couple of months ago my wife and I spent a few days in Amsterdam where common sense prevails; the large bars have separate smoking rooms where staff do not enter and the small bars can allow smoking throughout as long as the licensee does not employ anyone, how can this be wrong ? it was lovely not to see groups of people crowded outside the entrances smoking and littering the area as happens in this country,I am a non smoker and certainly would not want a return to the 1970`s/80`s when I would get home stinking of cigarette smoke but surely a compromise can be reached which would go some way to help save our ailing pubs.

Double taxation on alcohol and cigarettes

I believe that a large proportion of the NHS budget is spent on keeping people with cigarette and alcohol-related illnesses or accidents alive.

I think the increase in taxation on these items should not be a small increase of less than 5%.  I think we should possibly double the tax on all types of cigarettes and alcohol. 

I am not a smoker but a keen drinker!    If a pint of beer was £5 as opposed to £2.50 then I would seriously watch my alcohol intake, and I think many other people would do too.

Why is this idea important?

I believe that a large proportion of the NHS budget is spent on keeping people with cigarette and alcohol-related illnesses or accidents alive.

I think the increase in taxation on these items should not be a small increase of less than 5%.  I think we should possibly double the tax on all types of cigarettes and alcohol. 

I am not a smoker but a keen drinker!    If a pint of beer was £5 as opposed to £2.50 then I would seriously watch my alcohol intake, and I think many other people would do too.