News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Tobacco tax increase will put a squeeze on smoker’s pockets

Media Release – for immediate release

Date 21 December 2012

Tobacco tax increase due on 1st January will put a squeeze on smoker’s pockets

The first of four tobacco tax increases, set to rise by 10% on 1st January 2013, will really start to put the squeeze on smokers’ pockets as a standard packet of 20 cigarettes is likely to cost around $16.00 - up from $14.40.

Even though most smokers have known the tobacco tax increase is coming, it will make it just that much harder and more expensive to continue to smoke. Quitline encourages smokers to get support to help them stop smoking.

“We know the more Quitline services a client uses, the higher their rate of success. Smokers can pick and choose the support services that work best for them, including phone, email, blogs, text and online support to help people beat their addiction,” says Paula Snowden, Quitline Chief Executive. Smokers who use Quitline’s services and support are five times more likely to successfully quit than those who quit alone.

“Smoking is on the way out, it is no longer the norm for New Zealander’s, thanks to the programme of change over the last 20 years – with Smokefree environments, tax increases, marketing and stop smoking services.”

“Quitline supports the strong controls on the supply of tobacco and tobacco increases will help smokers to quit and stay quit. This really matters to New Zealand; the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 will reduce health costs, reduce respiratory problems, improve the health of everyone in the family, not just the smoker, and save thousands of dollars a year.” Paula Snowden says.

Anyone seeking support can call Quitline on 0800 778 778 or visit www.quitline.org.nz for online support.

RELEASE ENDS

About Quitline

The Quit Group (which operates as Quitline) is an incorporated charitable trust which was established in 1999. We are committed to helping all New Zealanders quit smoking, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific peoples and pregnant women. Our free services are funded by the Ministry of Health.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Air NZ Teams Up With All Blacks For Men In Black Video

Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Blacks’ Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents. More>>

ALSO:

World Champions: BRADAS Of Identity Company Take On The World And Win Gold

This is only the second time since NZ has qualified for the HHI world finals that NZ has taken home a GOLD medal in this division. REQUEST Dance Crew being the only other NZ crew to achieve this. New Zealands only other medal this year was Silver for the Royal Family in a very close final in the Megacrew division. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Contrary To Popular Belief - Lloyd Geering

Many older Dunediners like myself, and indeed older Presbyterians and others throughout the country, will remember the controversy aroused by the articles and speeches of Professor Geering, Principal of Knox College Theological Hall in the late 1960s... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news