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BRITS are forced to pay some of the highest “sin taxes” in Europe, a report warns today.

Smokers are hit by the most expensive duty on tobacco across the Continent, while drinkers have to pay the second-highest rates on wine and beer. Overall the UK is ranked fourth-worst country out of 28 in the Nanny State Index compiled by think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Its experts claim there is no proof that tough laws on tobacco, alcohol and sugar make Britain a healthier place, however.