Labour has pledged to make tobacco companies pay a windfall tax on their profits in a bid to tackle the funding crisis facing the NHS.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has outlined the proposed tax as part of a 10-year plan for Britain’s future in his final party conference speech ahead of next year’s general election.
The Nuffield Trust has suggested the NHS is facing a financial shortfall of £2bn in 2015-16.
The cost of smoking to the NHS is estimated to be between £2.7bn and £5.2bn.
Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive, said: “Tobacco is a killer product. Every day more and more people are tempted into taking up this deadly addiction at a cost to their health and the nation’s health service.
“The tobacco industry must pay for their profiteering and the terrible burden these lethal products place on people’s heart health. The BHF welcomes Labour’s commitment to making this happen and holding manufacturers to account.”
Find out more about our policy on tobacco.