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Newsflash: Get Your Cigs Quick!

The Government is debating moving into urgency in order to raise the price of a packet of cigarettes by more than $1 - from tonight.

The measure will take effect from midnight tonight and increase the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes from $7.20 to close to over $8 and possibly up to $8.50.

Announcing the measure the government says it expects the measure to increase the cost of cigarettes by 14% and to reduce the amount of smoking by 7%.

The new tax will raise $20 million over the rest of the financial year to June 30th and $110 million next financial year.


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