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Would You Pay $100 for a Pack of Cigarettes?

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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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  • nverumind 2012/05/09 17:03:11
    No way
    nverumind
    +2
    I am a smoker but i have constantly switched brands to keep from paying over 5 dollars a pack ... and when i can no longer do so I will Quit.  smokeing your money away
  • Bali nverumind 2012/05/09 20:56:35
    Bali
    me too, bs
  • HAlex1972 2012/05/05 18:31:11
    No way
    HAlex1972
    +1
    For the first time in my life, I'd be a thief. WTH? This only creates a black market with all of its criminality.
  • mike yalung 2012/05/01 13:46:13
    No way
    mike yalung
    +1
    smoking is not good to our health.. hehehe

    http://www.mountainalarm.com
  • shola 2012/04/28 16:35:21
    No way
    shola
    +1
    I would die quicker if i started smoking.
  • zootshecfur 2012/04/27 04:56:16
    No way
    zootshecfur
    +2
    im glad there 5 bucks a pack where i live
  • Miko 2012/04/26 20:05:39
    No way
    Miko
    +1
    No way
  • Stef and the City 2012/04/26 19:33:12
    No way
    Stef and the City
    +1
    Noone should have to pay for lung cancer.
  • Aaron's Girl 2012/04/26 18:48:49
    No way
    Aaron's Girl
    +1
    Me, no smoke.
  • Seanna Harrison 2012/04/26 18:42:45
    No way
    Seanna Harrison
    +2
    Don't smoke, dude.
  • elisa 2012/04/26 18:35:46
    No way
    elisa
    +1
    dat is os bad
  • Moca Bajerski 2012/04/26 18:15:22
    No way
    Moca Bajerski
    +1
    Eu acho que tinham que proibir o cigarro totalmente. Porque já tá mais que comprovado que não faz bem nenhum. Veneno legal? Pra que?
  • Tara 2012/04/26 18:03:22
  • Jerd Garner 2012/04/26 17:56:40
  • Kat 2012/04/26 16:02:23
    No way
    Kat
    I would not pay a penny for one.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/04/26 15:58:51
    No way
    FatherLiberty
    +1
    No. I dont buy cigarettes now and I woudnt even if they were 25 cents. But this is absolutely freaking ridiculous. Governments need to stop interferring in peoples own lives and controlling what people do. If people choose to smoke, that is their choice. Legalize freedom!
  • Striker 2012/04/26 15:57:26 (edited)
    No way
    Striker
    +2
    No way I can afford that - I can't afford the price now. So I went to e-cigs, and by golly, half the price, and they're working, and finally after 55 years I see light at the end of the QUIT-tunnel. My mornings are no longer devoted to coughing crud!



    e cig



    It's vapor, not smoking. The vapor contains the nicotine to sate the habit.

    And no, I don't sell them, I just use them for now.
  • nverumind Striker 2012/05/09 17:04:39
    nverumind
    ive been looking into these. are they worth it ?
  • Striker nverumind 2012/05/09 18:04:13
    Striker
    +1
    I gotta say YES. Half the price, and no more smoke in these old lungs, but the nicotine vapor gets me thru the day and the compulsion is going away as well. Using the e-cigs is a bit more "pain", but not worth the $30 saved per carton.
  • Wolverineland 2012/04/26 15:06:58
    No way
    Wolverineland
    +1
    But I never have smoked anyway so thats an easy one for me.
  • stl.shamrock 2012/04/26 15:06:35
    Yes
    stl.shamrock
    If I want to smoke, I'll smoke. It's still legal and it's my money.

    Although, as several people have pointed out, the black market for cigarettes would be a booming business, so I'd probably get them that way instead.
  • Kat stl.sha... 2012/04/26 16:06:16
    Kat
    My very best friend is 61 years old. She will die soon due to lung cancer from smoking. She will not live long enough to see her grandchild born this Oct. Please quit.
  • stl.sha... Kat 2012/04/26 16:11:20
    stl.shamrock
    +1
    Why is my smoking any of your concern? I don't remember asking for help in quitting, so why do people keep wanting to "help" me (and other smokers)?

    I am a US citizen. I pay my own bills (and taxes). Do you, or others, get paid to nanny grown adults who can (and do) make their own decisions? If you don't, change your profession because it's getting old, real quick.

    As for your friend, she made her decision, just as I make my own.
  • Kat stl.sha... 2012/04/26 16:39:31
    Kat
    I am just a caring type person. Worked as a nurse for over 30 years. Hate to see anyone waste their life.
  • stl.sha... Kat 2012/04/26 16:43:02
    stl.shamrock
    Thanks but, no thanks. I'm an adult. As my father taught me, "Stand up and receive the rewards or consequences for your actions." If that means cancer, surgery, death, or nothing at all... So be it. It was my choice.
  • Kat stl.sha... 2012/04/26 16:46:16
    Kat
    yup
  • Sass 2012/04/26 15:04:01
    No way
    Sass
    I don't smoke, never have smoked, don't want to start smoking. I have better things to spend my $$$ on.
  • Jiorgia 2012/04/26 13:08:53
    No way
    Jiorgia
    +1
    although i already pay $20-25 for a packet so it really isn't that far off, my dad used to pay $1 for a packet when he was my age.

    in australia the prices are going up by what seems to be $1 a year just from added taxes.
  • Janice 2012/04/26 12:42:40
    No way
    Janice
    when we know how bad it is for our health, there is no reason at all to smoke or charge an enormous price for cigarettes. This will only cause underground sales of product that will give more people access to them.
  • tari1uk 2012/04/26 12:42:09
    No way
    tari1uk
    +1
    Since when was it OK to take away my civil liberties and tell me it's for my "own good"?! Aren't I an adult? Am I not capable of making my own choices in life? Who ordered this meeting and forgot to tell me I should be there? I think as long as we are smoking away from others, or in the privacy of our own home the government should back the hell out of our lives and deal with their own issues. I don't know about the US, but here in the UK, a lot of the tax that's on a packet of cigarettes goes directly into the NHS budget, something like $16 billion a year, with money used to tackle smoking related diseases comes in at less than a quarter of that each year. If they keep raising the prices and more people keep stopping, that's less money going back into the NHS each year, which means restricted budgets and restricted operations/beds and elevated waiting times......seriously I don't think anybody has thought this issue through very well at all!
  • mr echo 2012/04/26 08:24:45
    No way
    mr echo
    +2
    I LOVE TO SMOKE GOT ME THROW SOME TOUGH TIMES
    MIDDLE FINGER TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO IS TRYING TO TAKE AWAY MY FREEDOM
    I M REALLY RESPONSIBLE HOW I SMOKE
  • Crime Time 2012/04/26 06:03:10
  • exsecrare 2012/04/26 05:58:29
    No way
    exsecrare
    +2
    But I think people can smoke if they want. It's their body, not mine. If someone is smoking in public they can do it in a designated area. I no longer smoke.
  • Solid Snake 2012/04/26 05:11:15
    Yes
    Solid Snake
    +1
    I believe I once said, "You have no idea how useful they are."
    Snake smoking
    Snake smoking
  • Justina Jackson 2012/04/26 04:54:51
    No way
    Justina Jackson
    +2
    I smoke but i wouldnt pay that much to do it
  • ☽Guru_Roy☼ 2012/04/26 03:35:18
    No way
    ☽Guru_Roy☼
    +3
    I don't smoke
  • HotPuhtaytuhs 2012/04/26 03:27:54
    No way
    HotPuhtaytuhs
    +2
    Non smoker.
  • jrtmanmd 2012/04/26 02:31:31
    No way
    jrtmanmd
    +2
    Hell no!
  • Ssgtwaldo 2012/04/26 02:14:11
    No way
    Ssgtwaldo
    +1
    But then again some people pay 25 bucks for a gram of weed....
  • MiinaNiemi03 2012/04/26 01:36:43
    No way
    MiinaNiemi03
    +1
    I've never touched a cancer stick in my life, however, if I were a smoker I'd quit in an instant. 100 dollars for a pack of cigarettes, you have to be out of your damn mind.
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