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HOT TOPIC; A Government adviser has said forcing smokers to apply for a pounds 10 permit to buy cigarettes could help people quit. What's your view?

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"I think it is a bit unfair. Smokers are hit hard enough as it is with increased prices and the smoking ban."

Rhian Nott, 27, a customer adviser, from Grangetown, Cardiff For other places with the same name, see Grangetown.
Grangetown is an area in Cardiff, Wales. It is one of the largest districts in the south of the city and is bordered by Riverside, Canton and Butetown. The River Taff winds its way through the area.
 

"I wouldn't pay, it's ridiculous. At more than pounds 5 a pack already, don't they think they are making enough out of us as it is?"

Marc O'Keefe, 27, a BT worker, from Penylan, Cardiff.

"It seems tax on everything just keeps getting more and more. I am worried what they will think to tax next. Petrol, cigarettes and alcohol seem to be going up really quickly."

Kate Zeo, 22, a customer service worker, from Canton, Cardiff Canton (Welsh: Treganna) is an inner-city area of west Cardiff, Wales. The name (from "St. Canna's Town") refers to the 6th century female saint after whom Pontcanna is also named. .

"This is ridiculous and it's totally unfair on people who are already hit hard by the Government. But I would pay if I was forced to."

Roy Crocker, 20, a call centre worker, from Bargoed

"I would never pay this out of principle and I don't see how they would police it. I don't want to pay any more to smoke."

Rhys Pursey, 23, a barman, from Rhiwbina, Cardiff

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 18, 2008
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