TMA response to the CLG Committee Inquiry into litter & fly-tipping

TMA response to the CLG Committee Inquiry into litter & fly-tipping

Responding to the report, Giles Roca, Director General of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) said:

“We are pleased that the Committee has recognised the work that the tobacco industry does in the UK to address the issue of smoking related litter and also that councils are free to work with the industry to deliver such change.

“80% of the cost of tobacco is tax, or some £12 billion a year, and it is a matter for the Treasury how it allocates such funds. However, simply using such resources to plug funding shortfalls in local government budgets will not address the root cause of the litter problem. This has to be about long-term behaviour change and personal responsibility. That’s why the industry has supported such measures over the years, including the distribution of free portable ashtrays to smokers.”

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