Well, Who Are You Going To Believe?

Is it going to be the dreadful Arnott, who insists that the War on Smoke won’t end in disaster?

Or is it going to be the businessmen who point out that yes, yes it is:

Shop owners say the illegal tobacco market in Notts is now so big it is cutting their genuine sales by as much as a fifth.The Post reported last week how research from a tobacco firm suggests more than 780,000 counterfeit or smuggled cigarettes are smoked every day across the county.

But what do they know, eh, ASH?

5 comments for “Well, Who Are You Going To Believe?

  1. February 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    What about the legally imported stuff too? I’m off on a bacci trip with Pat Nurse this very weekend.

  2. bunny
    February 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Why in the name of all that is holy do we have a war on smoke? Is it so that the likes of ASH can justify their existence?

    • February 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      ASH = socialist bureaucracy = fatcats = hopelessness.

  3. February 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Remember, the first detailed example of a Laffer Curve effect (before it was called that) was in the 1930’s when cigarette taxes were increased in New York and the overall revenues raised decreased along with smuggling from states with lower / zero cigarette taxes.

  4. February 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    A few years ago I saw a major police tobacco raid in Nottingham, near the river Trent. Black unmarked police Volvos roared up to a warehouse, the security guy was handcuffed with a pistol to his head then the area was searched by police with automatic weapons and dogs.

    I was watching from a nearby first floor window. Of course it will end in disaster.

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