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New cigarette price hike

Posted by: Staff writers | 1 December, 2013 - 11:15 AM
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4BC Big Backyard: The latest price increase of 12.5 percent on tobacco products comes into effect today.

The average packet of cigarettes will cost approximately two dollars more, and the average smoker will pay an extra $10 per week on tobacco products.

Dr Colin Mendelson, Vice President of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals, tells Chris Adams that these measures will make no difference unless the extra money is reinvested into programs to help smokers quit.   

 

Blog comments Your Say

  • here they punish the addicted with more taxes and with junkies of illegal drugs the government pays them a week income and free drugs under the guise of rehabilitating them. Still they commit huge amounts of crime which the poor old fag smoker does not do. So the taxpayer through the nose.

    mick Monday 9 December, 2013 - 1:59 PM
  • Idiots,just another tax. If you want to make a certain percentage of population broke.You shop you buy your smokes first then work out what you have left. Iam up to the stage where i do everything around house that needs fixing. now including electricity problems. Next will be no insurance on house.

    paul Tuesday 3 December, 2013 - 7:17 AM
  • I really don't think that the government is trying to help smokers by increasing the price on cigarettes. They're just trying to increase the money in their own back pocket. If only this translated into lower tax opportunities in Australia.

    Jack2967 Monday 2 December, 2013 - 2:07 PM
  • Hmm. Here's a thought. How about they start taxing the hell out of the overly protected wine industry. Nah, that's silly. Let's just keep hitting the average mug where it hurts, beer and cigs. But at least have the decency to put ALL the tobacco tax into smoking related illness and prevention programmes. That would spoil their little game of rip off the battler.

    Phil Monday 2 December, 2013 - 1:45 PM

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