From January 1 next year, any cigarette longer than 8cm – excluding the tip – will be treated as another cigarette and have extra duty slapped imposed on it. For each additional 3cm, or part thereof, it will be treated as yet another cigarette.Like any other smoker would, I immediately got out a tape measure. Although my fags are longer than usual (Dunhill International you know), the business bit measures slightly less than 7 cm, so phew!
But what a strange way to go about penalising smokers. They must have twisted minds in HMRC.