Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, has introduced a Bill in Parliament to make tobacco companies contribute more to putting right the damage caused by smoking.
Last year, over 100,000 people in the U.K. died from diseases caused by their smoking addiction. At the same time the two largest tobacco firms in the UK jointly made a staggering one billion pounds profit.
Paul Burstow said: “It’s not surprising that about two-thirds of current smokers say they would like to quit, but we need to make sure enough help is in place for them to succeed. That’s why I want to see tobacco companies contribute their fair share: so we will have the money we need to pay for more stop-smoking programmes that will ensure help is available where it is most needed.
“With the costs to society of smoking in England estimated at about £13 billion a year, it’s time we got serious about tobacco companies’ responsibilities.”