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grounds that it's hypocritical to make money from a product that kills thousands of
people and has a government health warning.
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Jonathan Brown for The Independent on Friday, 30 May 2008 wrote:Smoking? It's seriously good for the Treasury, Macmillan told Eden
Puffing away on his briar, Harold Macmillan appeared every inch the avuncular, dependable politician of the age. Indeed, from Winston Churchill to Harold Wilson, smoking, whether it be cigar or pipe (though rarely cigarette) was seen as an invaluable prop for leading political figures emerging into the television era.
So when, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, "Supermac" was asked by senior colleagues whether it was time the British public should be the target of a hard-hitting campaign warning about the iniquities of nicotine, it was perhaps inevitable he was willing to downplay the threat.
According to formerly classified government records released today by the National Archives, in 1956 Macmillan dismissed the health risks posed by smoking as "negligible, compared with the risk of crossing a street".
Source = http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 36762.html
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