TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to reports that the generational smoking ban is going to be scrapped

For immediate release


Responding to reports that the government is going to scrap the generational smoking ban as a result of the general election, Benjamin Elks, grassroots development manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“The decision to scrap the bonkers generational smoking ban is good news, but taxpayers will fear that it won’t last long.

“This was an absurd and unworkable policy which would burn a hole in government finances and create two classes of future adults, but there is a real risk that it is only being temporarily shelved.

“Political parties should commit to abandoning this petty authoritarian policy.”


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Elliot Keck
Head of Campaigns, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Notes to editors:
  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. Research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance found that taking into account the cost of smoking to the NHS and social care sector, tobacco duty brought in around £6 billion a year net.



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