Health Opinion

A smoke-free country by 2025

New Zealand is poised to become the first smoke-free country in the world, and will continue to increase taxes on cigarettes to get there.

On  Thursday, Finance Minister Bill English said that the tobacco excise taxes would increase by 10% annually over the next four years. The increases will take effect every January 1.

A pack of 20 cigarettes, which cost about NZ $ 15 today, is expected to rise to over $ 20 NZD (about $ 15 CDN) by 2016.

Associate Minister of Health, Tariana Turia, said the government’s goal of making New Zealand a smoke-free country by 2025 is “ambitious”, and it will also create programs to discourage smoking, reported the “New Zealand Herald.”

The firm announced in April its intention to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products, which show that the health warnings and a number of online smoking cessation.

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