New Zealand's Agressive Measure to End Smoking
New Zealand is considering a cutting edge tactic to discourage smokers from lighting up. The Ministry of Health in New Zealand suggested a measure that would make the country smoke-free by the year 2025 as reported in a document that was released on 3 News.
The measure would raise the price of a pack of cigarettes to $100 by the year 2020 by a series of tax increases over the coming years. There are two versions of the measure being considered. According to Sky News the increase of a pack of cigarettes would raise 10 percent per year from 2013 to 2025 making a single pack of cigarettes cost $40. The more extreme version of the measure would raise the price of a pack 30 percent per year with an initial 30 to 60 percent effective immediately.
The Ministry has a lot more anti-smoking campaigns up their sleeves. Banning smoking in cars with children and regulating tobacco as a highly toxic substance have come across the table as well as removing tobacco products form duty-free sale and an increase of anti-smoking media campaigns.
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