Cigarette Tax and Plain Packaging could be “hit and miss”

Taxes on cigarettes in New Zealand will likely increase, with a rise in price of around $10 per year.

Cigarette packaging will now be plain, with boxes and packets set to feature more health warnings and remove all advertising.

Destined to be a massive sucker-punch to big tobacco companies, this is a clear move to get cigarettes out of the hands of young people in particular and it will be a good aid to the already decreasing rate of young smokers.

In order to be effective, the announcement that cigarette boxes will now be available in plain packaging was easy to expect, but last weeks announcement of a tax increase certainly wasn’t. With a tax increase, prices for cigarettes off the shelf will likely rise, but wether this will make New Zealand “completely” smoke free remains to be seen, and in fact, it could still be a long shot hope for the Government.  Continue reading Cigarette Tax and Plain Packaging could be “hit and miss”