Would You Pay $100 for a Pack of Cigarettes?
Living 2012/04/24 20:00:00
Many of us would like to see smoking completely eradicated -- but is hiking the cost of a pack of cigarettes up to $100 a fair way to do that? The extreme-sounding option is being considered in New Zealand's Ministry of Health, where efforts are under way to get the country totally smoke-free by 2025, Sky News reports.
The country is also considering a 10 percent increase on a pack of 20 cigarettes year-on-year from 2013 to 2025, meaning it would cost $40 for a pack by 2024. However, the more extreme option would get packs to $100 by 2020.
According to Sky News, a briefing paper on the issue claims that "Tobacco taxation is the single most effective intervention available to drive down smoking prevalence figures." The Ministry is also reportedly considering regulating tobacco as a highly toxic substance; banning smoking in cars with children; doubling of anti-smoking media campaigns; and removing tobacco from duty-free sale. So, would you pay $100 for a pack of smokes? We hope not ... for your wallet's sake!
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