work but nobody there listens ... it's time to stop being nice!
ln reality we are all isolated and instead of constantly trying to get ourselves organised as a group lets use what we have. The government pay attention every time to one thing in particular, and it's the one thing they are short of ... money.
YOU are in control of whether they get that money or not. lt's the tax on tobacco/cigarettes and it is not an insignificant amount.
A pack of 20 cigarettes cost on average £5.70 and from that £5.70 the government get £4.40! ... yes £4.40.
Golden Virginia tobacco costs £12.12 and from that the government get £8.60 ... yes £8.60 (source)
The government then use that money to fund such as ASH and other anti-smoking groups. So YOU are paying your enemies to treat you like pariahs. ls that insanity or what?
A single smoker who smokes 20 cigarettes a day pays the government £39.90 a week, which is £2074.80 a year. 40 a day ... £4149.60 a year! STOP PAYING THEM!
Every pack of 20 cigarettes you buy in the EU puts approx £3.50 back in your pocket and the UK government gets nothing ... zilch!
Go to the EU and pay on average approx £2.20 for the same cigarettes that would cost you £5.70 in the UK. Preferably go to pro-smoking countries like Bulgaria and let them have the excise duty and vat. lt's 100% legal and is your right as an EU citizen. Do groups like FOREST promote this sort of thing? Can somebody tell me?
You rolling tobacco guys will also make huge savings but l've no idea of how many rollies you get out of a 50gm pouch so can't do my calculations. Maybe someone can tell me how many?
l know some of you are already doing this but get more to do it. Organise little pockets of resistance. Let them tell their friends, and their friends tell their friends. Make it grow. Stop moaning on the web and do something positive. The government will notice then and perversely they'll make it look even worse because they'll over-estimate the statistics like they always have done when used against smokers.
lt's a win-win for smokers. You end up with more money in your pockets and the government end up with none! There's lots of details on this blog on how to shop in the EU as is your right but if you are still unsure e-mail me with any questions. I'll gladly answer them.
You veteran resistance fighters ... help others to help themselves. We maybe fragmented but we are many and that's a great deal of tax we have control of. Don't give it to our oppressors!
Oh, and don't forget your bottles of spirits when shopping .... less tax for the UK government.
Anon in comments 21.54 .... with your figures that'd be roughly £18.7 Billion for cigarette tax and £2.7 Billion for rolling tobacco.
Total would be £21.4 Billion lost to treasury or if you want £21,400,000,000. :)
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