Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Every cigarette needs tax mark

ONE of the arguments against plain packaging for cigarettes is that the black market for cigarettes will increase.

My understanding from talking with young people is that they would never consider buying full-price cigarettes, preferring the cheaper alternatives readily available on the black market.

Is it not time that all cigarettes sold in this country have 'UK tax paid' printed on each cigarette? Anyone found smoking an unprinted cigarette would be expected to have a receipt showing where and when they had bought it.

This would reduce the black-market availability of cheap cigarettes, with no adverse impact on tax revenues and would further reduce the appeal of smoking to young people.

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