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UK Health Experts Push For A Cigarette License

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

‘Smokers should need a licence’: Public health expert’s radical proposal that would cap how many cigarettes you could buy

Smokers would have to apply and pay for an annual licence, with a fortnightly cigarette limit

By Claire Bates | 14 November 2012

It’s a radical proposal that will be welcomed warmly by some and labelled outrageous by others – introducing a ‘smoker’s licence’ to help reduce the damaging effects of tobacco. The unusual suggestion was made by Professor Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney in Australia…

Users would have to apply and pay for a mandatory licence in the form of a smartcard that would be shown when buying cigarettes…

Controversially, the smartcard would allow the government to limit how many cigarettes a smoker could buy – Prof Chapman suggests 50 per day averaged over two weeks to accommodate heavy smokers.

What’s so controversial? New York City already limits how much soda you can buy at a time.

He said the licence would be reissued every year, smokers setting daily limits for the number of cigarettes they buy. They would also be tested on their knowledge of the health risks of smoking…

How wonderful. So if you pretend to be indoctrinated, you will be rewarded with more cigarettes?

Prof Chapman said: ‘Opponents of the idea would be quick to suggest that Orwellian social engineers would soon be calling for licenses to drink alcohol and to eat junk food or engage in any ‘risky’ activity…

Isn’t that laughable that anyone would suggest such a thing?

The UK have brought in a range of measures in recent years to discourage the habit. Smoking was banned in enclosed public places in England in July 2007, including bars and restaurants…

Smokers already must produce I.D proving they are over 17 if they look under 25.

Packets of cigarettes were then hidden from view in large shops in April this year and small newsagents will have to have followed suit by April 2015.

A UK-wide consultation on government plans to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco closed in August. The government said it would make a decision when the responses had been considered.

Just like porn (used to be).

But you see how laughable it is to fear that social engineers would want to control what we drink and eat?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 16th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “UK Health Experts Push For A Cigarette License”

  1. River0 says:

    This is the new dictatorship, the new tyranny at work. “We won’t forbid you to do something, you just need a license.” It’s so tragic, what the English have done to themselves.

    Putin started doing this a few months ago. Every time opposition groups want to gather, even at their private residences, the police show up and ask to see their permits; which is issued only after a bureaucracy collects a fee and agrees to do it.

    It’s infinite, the possible licenses, and the opportunity to fleece people and control their behavior.

  2. captstubby says:

    i want to be a cigarette Cop.
    they give you one bullet to put in your shirt pocket.

  3. Anonymoose says:

    Let’s see, between the administrative overhead to determine who can have licenses and maintain the databases, the fees from said licenses, the enforcement and penalty costs, and the legislation to refine and expand it….yep, a victory for government. Health? What’s that?

  4. beautyofreason says:

    I wonder if the UK will ever consider a license for breeding? The damage caused by unqualified people having fatherless children and living on the government teat has far more damaging effects on society than smoking.

    • Right of the People says:

      Plus you would have to take an IQ test and an appearance test. There are too many ugly and stupid people in the world already and most of them in the states belong to the Democrats.

  5. canary says:

    Unbelievable. No doubt they will charge for licenses and taxes to get a card.

    And wait til they add a micro chip to track them. The schools in the US are losing the battle to stop the mandatory micro-chips in students school ID cards to track them and make sure they go the restroom.

    Now school buses in the U.S. have another tracking device to see if the student get’s on or off the bus.

    What was that old movie where the couple messed up on their food rationing card and weren’t allowed to get food for awhile, and ends showing the woman with one arm gone when they are allowed to get food.
    And the movie where no one could have books and it ends with a book bonfire.

    I recall these when I was in elementary school but I don’t think they’d dare show these movies to students today.

  6. yadayada says:

    taxed at 40% ? check
    must have I.D ? check
    only sold at one isolated area &/or register, even in a large store? check
    banned inside bldgs ? check
    banned outside if near bldgs? check
    banned in homes where children may be present at some point in their day ? check
    this already describes in many cities in U.S.
    and we are supposed to have more liberty than which countries?

  7. oldpuppydixie says:

    Remarkable that none of today’s self-important, nanny-state leftists seem to remember what happened during the days of prohibition.
    Smokers will acquire cigarettes by any means necessary. And “illegal” Camels will be far less expensive than those sold by Big Brother.
    A multi, multi million dollar underground trade in “hot” cigarettes! Only the left and its “we know what’s best for you” ways could create such a thing.

    • morninggloryseed says:

      Yeah but it is not just liberals. Few conservatives are smart enough to publicly call for an end to the useless drug war, and jailing American citizens drug possession.

  8. Choey says:

    Isn’t socialist medicine wonderful? We all get to stick our ever lengthening noses into each others business…

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