"Prof Julian le Grand a former advisor to Tony Blair, has come up with the really potty idea that smokers should be forced to apply for an annual £200 licence in order to purchase cigarettes."Some five years on and the idea has gained traction.
Step forward Prof Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney who proposes that Nanny issue smokers with a licence.
As per the BBC:
"The application process might even include a test to find out if you understood the risks of smoking, and your swipe card licence would limit your tobacco purchases - perhaps to 50 cigarettes per day or less."Here's why the idea is bollocks (aside from the very obvious point that it is not Nanny's place to do this):
1 Enforcing it would be almost impossible.
2 People with a permit would simply buy fags for their mates who don't have a permit.
3 It would require a special force of smoking permit inspectors to check on people who were seen smoking in the street.
4 In order for each smoker to see their GP every year, to have their permit renewed, it would take up 25 million appointments annually and rob millions of sick people of the chance of seeing their doctor.
Coming soon, Nanny's plans to issue licences for us to drink and eat fatty/salty/sugary foods!
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