"Will This Extinguish The Tobacco Industry?"
No, it won't, but I hope it seriously damages it. We're living in the 21st century, and yet we still permit the sale of a narcotic substance over the counter in countless shops up and down the country.
About 200,000 young people succumb to peer pressure and take up smoking every year. They are the people the government should target when it comes to anti-smoking measures. It costs the NHS around £2.7 billion annually to deal with the effects of smoking, and worldwide 4 million people die from smoking-related causes each year.
I hope nobody puts forward the stupid argument that although smoking is bad for us it's good for the economy. What's good for the economy is a healthy, active population.