Is this the final nail in the coffin for this bad habit? 270



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Cigarettes prices have risen again with smokers feeling the burn of a 12.5 per cent tax hike that came in with the start of the month. The new increase takes smokes up from $23.65 to $27.

There’s worse to come for those who enjoy a smoke, with a standard packet of 25 expected to cost $30 by this time next year, according to Cancer Council NSW figures supplied to Daily Mail Australia.

Health experts have welcomed the price increase – supported by Labor, the Liberals and the Greens – as the best way to stop people smoking.

The Cancer Council say that adult smoking rates have been declining since the mid 1970s and they attribute the decline to be a likely result of sustained government tobacco control strategies such as high tobacco taxes, advertising bans, mass media public education campaigns and smoke-free environments legislation.

Smoking kills an estimated 15,000 Australians each year.

So are there really any losers with this most recent price hike? As cigarettes become prohibitively expensive, more smokers will feel the pinch and refuse to cough up, leading to a decline in smoking, which will ultimately save lives.

Surely young people are more likely to want to go to the cinema or top up their mobile phone than light up – and that has to be a good thing doesn’t it?

The price hike may be hard to take for some, but the fact is that a pack-a-day smoker could save more than $7000 a year by ditching the habit.

Will this price-rise and the dawn of the $30 pack herald the death of smoking? Did you smoke – what made you quit? What else can be done to stub out this habit for good?


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  1. I don’t smoke but I think it is disgraceful that one section of the community is targeted and discriminated against, it all revenue raising with no concern about people addiction to the products

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  2. It’s just a tax grab. You can not force people to quit by increasing the price by 1 or 2 dollars. For poorer people cuts are made elsewhere in their budget

  3. People have to want to give up smoking. I don’t think putting the tax up with stop them.

  4. Ah yes. The common folk must be taught what’s good for them.

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    • I am almost 70 and smoked for 55 of those years. I have and am, paying enough damned tax to cover any future medical costs re smoking. NONE so far. I don’t want to give up smoking and I damned well won’t. I have worked all my life and am sick to death of being told what I can and can’t do these days. So many people with absolutely no life skills that need to be taught how to look after their kids, clean etc, do gooders take note!

  5. Cigarettes are so addictive. I do feel for smokers. The bottom line is. – it’s legal to smoke cigarettes! But if you choose to partake in other illegal substances, then you get all the help you need and are considered less fortunate than others!!?.

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    • Smokers get help to quit from doctors. There is Quitline and millions spent on advertising to help them quit. The chemists stock Nicorette in various forms. Hypnotherapy, NLP etc etc is openly and readily available for smokers. Yes it’s legal because tobacco companies are very powerful. But it costs our health care system , therefore you and I , well more than illicit drugs do.

    • I am well aware of the strain it puts on our health system. I am an ex smoker, so I can see both sides, so easy to say give up! Chew gum, have a placebo. Just give up. Unless you have been there you really don’t know.

    • I found champix good. I didn’t want to quit either, loved it but after saving over $4200 in 11 months I wouldn’t go back but yes I see red too when I think of the other addicts they help.

  6. Poorer people will be hit hard by this, this is just another kick at the poor in this country

  7. If smoking numbers are declining then we must be doing something right. The potential health benefits of quitting are well known. I guess some people just need a little incentive. Their rights are not being taken away. They can still smoke if they choose but they have to pay the extra cost. I hope some of the increase in taxes is going to offset the drain on the health system of treating smoking related diseases.

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    • How about drug related problems? Never heard of a smoker going berserk and attacking medical staff in a drug crazed frenzy. Leave us poor bastards alone for once.

  8. people have been saying they will give up when cigarettes reached $8.00 – they are still smoking

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    • Oh for those days…$8 a packet. I smoked about 15 a day and they were 26.00 for two twin packets of 22, 44 cigarettes in all which lasted about 3 days. When they got to $29, I think that’s when I gave up because I heard they were increasing and I refused to pay any more. When I see the people lined up for cigarettes I think there but for the grace of God go I, poor devils and yes I feel sorry for them.

  9. Alcohol causes more problems than smoking but the government allow pubs clubs to have more hours. Smokers don’t become wife bashers or killers on the roads. Drug users and peddlers get a slap on the wrist. Pub hours need to be cut back and drug related issues need to have harsher penalties. Leave the smoker be for a while.

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    • I can go to a bottle shop and pick up a bottle of wine for $5.00 , I don’t drink at all, alcoholics cause far more damage in society than smokers ever will

    • I have a friend that had lung cancer and she never smoked at all. Drinking causes just as many problems if not more than smoking. If the government was really concerned about the health of smokers they would make it illegal, they will never do that as they reap the benefits of all the tax.

    • Wendy you mightn’t get lung cancer from drinking but you can get all other cancers from it, and yes we need to look at our drinking culture.

    • Wendy Biden you get Cirrhosis of the liver from drinking and many other diseases, and there is the added cost to the community because of violent drunks

    • There are passive smoking cases coming to light now from when children were closed up in cars with smokers and when they never went outside their home to smoke. Years of this enclosed contact can cause lung and throat cancers even if the person never smoked themselves. Living or spending time with smokers ,experts have said that for every 3 cigarettes smoked the passive smoker is smoking1.

    • Alcohol is heavily taxed too. Responsible drinkers do not drink to excess or drive. Accidents are also caused by tiredness and other things it’s not always alcohol related. I don’t breath in toxins from people drinking thank goodness.

    • LawrieandChris Care, tell that to the paents of those young people who either died or are suffering from brain injury in hospital and many will never recover fully, due to alchohol related violence

    • Christine no one here is saying that smoking is not bad for you and it’s no good continually looking back on years ago. Time has changed and smokers habits have changed re smoking in cars etc what is being said is if you have a go at smoking then the drinking culture should be addressed too and LawrieandChris Care you may not breath in Toxins from alcohol but it is obvious that you’ve never lived in the toxic environment of a drunk and no I’m neither a drinker or a smoker.

    • I saw a comment from a police officer on Q&A one night, he said he had never attended a domestic violence incident where alcohol was not involved???

    • Carmel I don’t deny that, being a non smoker but this should not be about a competition as to what is worse. That is the very reason why things don’t change. I personally would rather be in the company of a smoker rather than a drunk but that is my personal view. We need to stop arguing about what does more damage, agree that both things have their problems and then work on the problem. Just my point of view and like I said in response to Christine comment, no one here has said smoking is not bad for you but all of life’s illness and problems can’t be loaded onto smoking.

    • David James we are talking about smokers here as the article states. All violence that is alcohol or drug related is terrible. We all know this, its in the paper and on the news and governments are trying to deal with these issues. As I said RESPONSIBLE DRINKERS DO NOT DRINK IN EXCESS OR DRIVE.

    • No Wanda Wylie Roigard fortunately I did not and feel for those who have, however we are talking about smokers here. My mother did live with a smoking alcoholic father. She lost her mother ( truth be known possibly because of him and his beatings along with a step mother) I have heard the stories and fortunately my father drank responsibly and smoked but was the most loving caring hard working wonderful man. So sad that both my mother and father died suffering with the help of complications due to smoking. Fortunately they both said to there five children, never start smoking it’s a filthy habit that we can’t seem to break and it keeps us poor. We listened too.

    • Delmae you are so right but they will never admit it. I have just given up going on 4 month. Its hard but it is getting to expensive.

    • I agree I think drinking alcohol is the bane of our society and we need to do more to stop the alcohol culture in our youth particularly. Smoking and drinking to excess are the two most prevalent evils of our society. I think they present more of a problem than illegal drugs because they are legal. This gives young people in particular the false impression that these two things are okay. Put together with illegal drugs one wonders what will become of our youth who seem to be in a downward spiral. The sad thing is that all the support systems are there to help people to overcome their addictions they just have to have the will and commitment to go for it.

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