In the latest crackpot scheme to curb smoking an advisory board Health England is suggesting that smokers should need a license to buy tobacco products. They are suggesting a 10 Pound ($20) annual fee for the ability to buy a pack of cigarettes.

Of course accompanying the fee will be a hugely complex form that will need to be filled out, and a photograph. The head of the advisory board Professor Julian Le Grand was quoted as saying:

“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.”

It is not often that you get a quasi government official to admit to the fact that they go out of their way to bamboozle members of he public. But based on his quote, you heard it here first.

With a 20 pack of cigarettes costing over $10 the English smoker is already getting ‘smoked’ in taxes. Professor Julian Le Grand may have a PhD, but like many other PhD’s has absolutely no common sense, or clue about life around him. With government incompetency figured in the cost of processing the $20 application will be $200!

No doubt Professor Julian Le Grand gets a healthy and smoke free stipend for sitting in his lofty Health England chairmans seat, and has no problem with paying $20 for anything, also with a Phd, he likely has an assistant that can help him fill out those pesky government forms, because I am absolutely certain he would not be able to do it on his own.

What I find interesting is that this story is being talked about in the British press yet there is no mention on the Department Of Health page, nor the Health England site, I can only assume that they think our PhD is a ‘Butt Head’.

Simon Barrett

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