Chancellor’s pledge to give tobacco tax to the NHS will be money well spent



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Tuesday 09 November 1999
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Press release
9th November 1999
Immediate release

ASH
Action on Smoking
and Health

Chancellor’s pledge to give tobacco tax to NHS will be money wellspent

ASH warmly welcomed today’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the tax raised from future tobacco excise duty rises would go to the NHS.

ASH Research Manager, Amanda Sandford, said: “This is excellent news. There can be no better way of using the money raised by tobacco taxes.

“We hope that some of the extra money would be used to help people stop smoking as that is one of the most cost-effective measures that the NHS can provide. Additionally, we would like to see some of this new money being used to treat patients with smoking-related illnesses.The combination of high taxes on tobacco plus extra resources to help people stop smoking will lead to even more lives being saved.”

 

Contact Amanda Sandford (0207) 739 5902

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