Corner shops are going to close and people who work in corner shops are going to lose their jobs if the nannying fussbuckets get their way:
Almost one in 12 independent corner shops could be at risk of closure or reducing staff due to tobacco smuggling and cross-border shopping, a survey revealed today.
The findings, published by the Tobacco Retailers Alliance (TRA), show that almost eight per cent of shop owners were considering ceasing trading directly due to a rise in the sale of illegal and counterfeit cigarettes.
A further 26 per cent of the businesses questioned in Yorkshire and Humber admitted they were contemplating cutting staff as a result of a decline in tobacco sales.
But I guess the New Puritans and prohibitionists don't care. They will crow and cheer at the demise of these jobs and the closure of these businesses. Another nail in the coffin of community banged in by the righteous and their desire to pass judgement on our personal choices.
It won't stop the smoking of course. That'll carry on, supplied by the man with a van. Unlicensed, unregulated, unchecked and uncaring. He's there already - nearly half of the top twenty "tax dodgers" named by the Mirror are wanted for dodging duty - millions of pounds of duty - on cigarettes. And just as we won't be winning the war on drugs any time soon, we won't be stopping the man with the van selling smuggled fags and illicit booze. It's only a matter of time before he's selling burgers I guess!