Letter: Now a Gang of Three Excusing the Smokers

The Birmingham Post (England), September 1, 2004 | Go to article overview

Letter: Now a Gang of Three Excusing the Smokers


Byline: MIKE KELLY

Dear Editor, - The prestigious Birmingham Post now has its own 'gang of three' smoking lobby supporters, spewing out all the spurious drivel usually accompanied by the powerful tobacco industry propaganda - an industry that earns enough from its vile trade to pay Gareth Davies, head of the industries fourth largest company, Imperial, a staggering pounds 4 million this year.

Your own Business Editor, John Duckers, a BAT shareholder (and they had half year profits of pounds 1.35 billion this year), J. A. Chapman, from Solihull, a non smoker, who doesn't care about a foul environment in public places, as long it doesn't apply to him, and now Tessa Miller, from Sutton Coldfield (presumably a smoker?) who claims that because smokers pay pounds 10 billion into the exchequer it makes economic sense to kill 100,000 people annually in this country with smoking related diseases, not forgetting the health care cost from asthma, bronchial diseases, cancer and all the other many smoking-caused illnesses, many so easily avoidable. …

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