Gay people and pregnant mothers will be spied on under controversial plans drawn up by health lobby extremists. Guido has seen a copy of a report set to be released later this month by ASH, that draws up plans for a massive clamp down on the rights of the individual in regard to smoking.
The anti-smoking lobby group have written a wide-ranging wishlist for the coming parliament and it’s about as authoritarian as you can get. History would indicate that this bunch get what they want; from the smoking ban, to plain packs and restrictions on smoking in cars.
The document includes plan to spy on gay people in order to stop them smoking:
“Improve national surveillance to ensure that timely and robust data are available on smoking prevalence including data on all socio-economic groups, people with long-term conditions, people with mental health problems, minority ethnic groups, the LGBT population and other disadvantaged groups.”
And the midwives will be armed in this fight:
“Issue every midwife in England who conducts antenatal appointments with a carbon monoxide monitor.”
Because obviously all pregnant women are liars.
Smoking is set to be banned in prisons and on stage, as ASH demand the government “remove the smokefree exemption for prisons” and “theatrical performances.”
And they’re not done there…
The leaked memo includes plans to investigate “legislative and non-legislative options to make outdoor environments smokefree” and “all enclosed cars and motor vehicles.”
So what will the group recommend to make all their dreams come true? Higher taxes, obviously:
“Increase the tax escalator on tobacco products to 5 per cent above the level of inflation.”
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