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and what people in Coventry were saying last night; THE BUDGET - WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU.

FOR sixteen-year-old student Lauren Chinn the chancellor's extra 25p a packet on cigarettes may be the final nudge towards giving up smoking.

Lauren, of Hothorpe Close, Ernesford Grange, is studying at Coventry Technical College and reckons she smokes between 70 and 80 cigarettes a week.

She said: "I am trying to quit smoking, perhaps this will make me try harder."

Melanie Rama-Laye, aged 26, of Tile Hill, had just bought a packet of 20 Lambert and Butler cigarettes when she heard the news.

She said: "An extra 25p a packet every two days is going to cost me a lot more but if it's going to the health service that's okay by me. If it wasn't going there I would be extremely upset."

For accounts clerk Emma Reason, aged 21, of Willow Close, Bedworth, the promise of new lower rates of excise duty on smaller cars with engines under 1200 cc is not a lot of good.

The 1.4 litre Ford Fiesta she has run for the past four years will just miss out on the pounds 50 tax bonus for low fuel guzzling vehicles.

Part-time student Zahir Khan, aged 25, of Foleshill, already saves on road tax by running a car with a 900cc engine. But the government's plans to expand tax cuts to everyone running a car below 1200 means an estimated two million more are now set to benefit from savings of pounds 50.

As he filled up at the Bishopsgate petrol station, Foleshill Road, Mr Khan said: "I don't know all the details yet but this sounds like very good news for me."
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Date:Mar 22, 2000
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