Health groups unite to call for duty-free tobacco allowance to be scrapped and a huge increase in cigarette prices over the next four years.
Groups - including the Royal Australian College of Physicians, cardiac society of Australia and New Zealand, Heart Foundation, the Association of Physicians of Maori College of Nursing and Auckland Regional Public Health Service - have put in submissions to the Customs and Excise (Tobacco - Budget Measures) Amendment Bill impose a tax on tobacco hikes announced in the budget.
They all want to benefit for duty-free tobacco for scrapping the following steps in Australia to dramatically reduce the tax-free allowance. In addition, they are rallying behind the call for 40% more next year, and then a 20% increase in each of the three years after that, well above the increase announced in the budget of 10% per year over four years.
The more you grow - first proposed health specialist Dr. Murray Laugesen to the New Zealand Medical Journal - will push the price of a package of 20 cigarettes to $ 29 for four years, from $ 13 now. Dr Laugesen estimated that higher tax rates for the health groups will offer 100,000 smokers quit and reduce consumption by one billion cigarettes in the next year.
Currently, travelers can bring 200 cigarettes in New Zealand free of duty. On September 1, aids in Australia will be reduced from 200 to 50 after the change in the budget of the Australian Government. The New Zealand government has already agreed to consider changing the duty-free rules in line with other countries, especially in Australia and Deputy Health Minister Tariana Turia said it was possible, but stayed it was relatively difficult because of international obligations.
“We always try to keep up with what’s happening in tobacco control in Australia. “We looked at the options on the issue of duty-free tobacco products, but there are some problems out there that make it hard.” Ministry of Health 2008 study showed that about 7.4% of smokers bought cigarettes from a duty free shop. Heart Foundation medical director Norman Sharpe said the duty-free tobacco was the largest source of black market tobacco products in the country, and cost 63 million dollars in lost revenue.
“In fact, this lost revenue is anomalous and state subsidies for the tobacco industry and the black market profiteers.” In his view, global public health, the director Trish Fraser said that future changes in Australia meant a lot of duty free retailers are now said that the cigarette is not worth stocking at airports.
“As a result of the experience of Australia, I think there is a good case for New Zealand to ban the sale of duty-free cigarettes.” Royal Australian College of Physicians and presentation of cardiac society also pointed out the study for the Ministry of Health, Dr Marewa Oakland University Glover. It showed two-thirds of smokers live in low socio-economic groups tried to go after the tax increase in 2010 and 2011, but relapses were high, and 40% of those who did not output started buying cheaper brands and smoke close to the filter to get more from cigarettes, or cut, and not smoking.
“Such actions are intended buffer the financial impact and seems to indicate a higher limiting tax increases and other measures that are called for.” Several groups have pointed to research by Dr. Glover. “Tougher tax increases will lead to more successful attempts to quit smoking, and the ability to mitigate the tobacco companies” to keep their sales by introducing a very low-cost brands. “
He said the huge increase would also reduce the ability of tobacco companies to cover the cost increases. The Committee on Finance and expenditure select regarded Customs and Excise (tobacco - Budget Measures) Amendment Bill.