To begin with, we have to consider the background of UK cigarette consumption. In the UK, cigarette consumption is 25% higher than the Europe Union average, The table on this slide presents percentage of smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day, on average, take up 10% of men, and 6% of women. While, in young group, 26% of young men and 25% of young women aged 16-19 were light smokers, but only 4% and 3% respectively were heavy smokers. Consumer spending on tobacco products in 2008 amounted to an estimated £13.1 billion, 90% of this on cigarettes. Tax revenue from tobacco from 2008 to 2009 amounted to £10.0 billion. So there is a question, as everyone knows that high taxation revenue will take lots of benefits for a government, but why government wants to reduce the consumption of cigarette? Let’s move on to next part, the dangers of cigarette.
There are many dangers of smoking to the body, to the immediate family, to the society, and to the environment. As everyone knows that, cigarette will cause lots of disease even death. One of the main dangers of smoking is due to Nicotine. It raises both the heart rate and blood pressure. Smoking also caused number of smoke related diseases such as lung cancer, breathing disabilities, blood clots. Another one of the dangers of the smoking is that smoking not only diminishes the health of the smokers but also hurt the health of the non smokers around him through secondhand smoking. According to the Department of Health in UK, over 80,000 deaths per year are due to smoking, it means that in each day, there will about 300 people die because of smoking, but about 8.5 million people still smoke in England today. That’s why the government promised new action to tackle tobacco. Now, let’s move away from the second part and switch over to the next part which is government policies. I think this part of my presentation is most important, so I plan to spend more time on it.
The first government policy which I want to talk about is...
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