Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Tobacco excise to rise 10 per cent per annum

Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

Associate Minister of Health

Marama Fox MP

Māori Party Co-leader

26 May 2016

Tobacco excise to rise 10 per cent per annum

Budget 2016 will increase the tax on tobacco by 10 per cent on 1 January each year for the next four years, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox say.

“Raising the price of tobacco is the single most powerful tool to reduce smoking. All smokers will face the price rises. The more they smoke, the more they pay. The more they pay, the greater the incentive to quit,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

“Previous excise increases reduced per capita tobacco consumption by around a quarter and prompted thousands of smokers to quit, and we’re not stopping there. Raising the tobacco excise saves lives.”

“It’s estimated between 4,500 and 5,000 people die from smoking related illnesses each year – more than 12 people every day. Increasing tax helps to reduce the incredibly serious harm caused by smoking.”

Some 15 per cent of adult New Zealanders – or 550,000 people – smoke daily. That increases to 35 per cent for Māori and 22.4 per cent for Pacific peoples.

“I’m proud to further advance the work of my predecessor Dame Tariana Turia who, as Associate Health Minister, oversaw four annual 10 per cent rises in tobacco excise. She worked tirelessly to put a stop to whānau dying needlessly from smoking-related diseases,” Mrs Fox says.

“While we’ve helped many to stop smoking, there is still a way to go and that’s what today’s measures are about. We’re also supporting programmes that help whānau to quit smoking and stay smoke-free.”

The excise increase is part of a comprehensive suite of measures intended to help make New Zealand a smoke free nation by 2025.

The price of a standard pack of 20 cigarettes will likely increase from around $20 now to around $30 in 2020. The changes are expected to generate an extra $425 million in tax revenue over the next four years.

“I will introduce a Bill immediately after the Budget to amend the Customs and Excise Act to allow the increases. We have to keep the pressure on smokers to quit, for everyone’s sake,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages