Academics called today for an independent regulatory agency for the tobacco industry.
A University of Bath study said an "Ofsmoke" regulator could bring in an extra £500 million a year by capping tobacco prices and increasing tax on profits.
Study coauthors Dr Robert Branston and Professor Anna Gilmore suggested a levy or licence fee could be used to collect the money.
They insisted the new tax wouldn't hit customers but provide double the money needed to counter tobacco smuggling and cover smoking cessation services in England.
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