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Sunday, February 17, 2008

My God, That Country Hates Fags

Think the war on tobacco is getting hard here at home? Well, England looks like it is getting ready to lap us. According to the BBC:

Smokers could be forced to pay £10 for a permit to buy tobacco if a government health advisory body gets its way.

No one would be able to buy cigarettes without the permit, under the idea proposed by Health England.

Its chairman, Professor Julian Le Grand, told BBC Radio 5 Live the scheme would make a big difference to the number of people giving up smoking.

What's particularly telling about this is that Le Grand doesn't make any pretense that the idea is about anything other than harassing people:

He said it was the inconvenience of getting a permit - as much as the cost - that would deter people from persisting with the smoking habit.

"You've got to get a form, a complex form - the government's good at complex forms; you have got to get a photograph.

"It's a little bit of a problem to actually do it, so you have got to make a conscious decision every year to opt in to being a smoker."

Yes, it's pretty bad but it is still better than Le Grand's alternate proposal, having people get hit in the head repeatedly with a crowbar whenever they try to buy a pack.