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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

No Smoke without Subsidy

Following the announcement of a new EU measure to reduce smoking, the UKIP noticed a slightly irrational aspect to the proposal.
UKIP MEP Graham Booth said that the Commission had allocated 72m over the next 4 years to anti-smoking measures, but in the same period would spend at least 3,816m on tobacco subsidies via the Common Agricultural Policy.
For the mathematically challenged that’s about 50 times as much in support as in prevention and they expect to be taken seriously.

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