New Zealand $100 Cigarettes

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New Zealand $100 Cigarettes, New Zealand’s government is considering $100-a-pack cigarettes as part of its tough program to stamp out smoking by 2025, internal documents say. The idea of charging $5 a cigarette is the most radical of several ideas floated in a Ministry of Health discussion paper obtained through a freedom of information request by the 3 News television network.

“Whatever it takes” is the reaction to the idea from New Zealand’s associate health minister Tariana Turia, when questioned by 3 News. Prime Minister John Key was more skeptical, saying he feared the consequences in black market sales of cigarettes. Cynthia Callard, executive director of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, is equally skeptical.

“It’s a good conversation point. I doubt it would be a good policy. Taxation is not my favourite tool. It puts the blame on the smoker as opposed to the tobacco companies and I would be concerned about the burden on household incomes.”

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