The latest government health wheeze is to get smokers to give up smoking for the month of October, a month without smoking puts most people on the path of abstinence. I'm not interested in the rights and wrongs of smoking itself, that has been done lots elsewhere, my questions are these; If nobody buys tobacco or related goods for the month, how would the government deal with the loss of several millions £££ of duty, how many small traders would go to the wall? If it worked, and say two thirds of smokers packed up, what would the long term loss of revenue do to government finances? Would the health benefits offset the loss of those revenues? Bearing in mind that the sudden mass buying of petrol late last year, or earlier this one pushed up revenue significantly. Also that the cash from fuel has dropped, as cars become more efficient, and people do make less journeys for the planet's sake; causing the government to look at new ways of getting money from motorists. Pay per mile etc. Has this idea been thought through?