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There already is a considerable amount of smuggling from low tobacco tax countries like Belgium and Holland. Somebody once guess-timated that perhaps 50% of hand rolling tobacco smoked in the South East was smuggled.

A similar thing happens with alcohol. It's one reason why I chimed in on the idea of a degree of harmonisation on tax across europe.

The fact is though that high tax on comusmer products is a very good model for moderating behaviour. Whne other illegal drugs are finally made legal, high taxes on them will inevitably result. Ours in not a libertarian society, we have armies, police force, tax authorities. In return we expect govt to do jobs that are best done at the largest organisational body possible. Every society has this trade-off.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 30th, 2007 at 08:27:03 AM EST

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