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Date: 08/01/12 08:15 AM

26 Responses to New Zealand Mulls Charging $100 For Cigarettes

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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 7:38 am
    Link: New Zealand Mulls Charging $100 For Cigarettes - If this passes I have a plan... I`M GONNA BE RICH!!
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    schecter5 Male 18-29
    406 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 8:26 am
    Well it would work,

    I`ve been smoking since i was 14, and for the life of me I can`t see how it`s legal. It kills more than all other illegal drugs combined.

    Seriously, out law this poo already. I wouldn`t mind a forced quit.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 8:33 am
    I`m not sure an increased price will do anything. Smuggling cigs in from Australia probably wouldn`t be too difficult, and then you`ve just created an underground market and made the job of your police that much more difficult.
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    broizfam Male 60-69
    4756 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 8:43 am
    It`s true cigarettes can cause health problems, but why stop there? How about $100 for a gallon of gas to reduce traffic fatalities, or for a burger to decrease high cholesterol problems. Maybe $100 for a loaf of bread because carbohydrate intake can make us fat. Or, of course, you can do stupid stuff like actually making enforceable laws (and enforcing them!)for things like supplying tobacco to minors, or dangerous driving. You know, dumb poo that lets adults make their own decisions...choose their on poison, as they say. I guess I`m just being stupid!
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
    6739 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 8:45 am
    Would love to see this worldwide.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7421 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 8:53 am
    If it would actually work I would be all for it- but I suspect they would get a healthy blackmarket trade in counterfeit fags which would be much more harmful. In effect this would be prohibition- and we know that does not work.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36172 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I hate this mentality. Damn control freaks.

    "What you are doing is not illegal, but I don`t personally like it so I am gonna force you to stop doing things I don`t like."

    Azz Holes!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36172 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I don`t like church. Can we put a HIGH tax on that?
    The world would be a better place.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
    2424 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am
    Kinda makes me wish for Old Zealand.

    And yes, it would just mean a (HUGE) black market.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
    4710 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am
    Fu.ck,ing stupid. And here I was pissed off about washington states sin tax on cigaretts. Tax alone makes up half the cost of a pack. They have recently proposed a "sin" tax on candy and soda, but I am not sure if it has passed yet.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31759 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:50 am
    How to cut smoking: Only sell smokes at the same places that sell hard liquor. Easily done!

    Raising the prices only leads to increased smuggling, Canada has seen THAT first hand!

    Of course the REAL problem is all the MONEY the gov`t makes from taxes: if smoking and drinking decreased, they`d lose $$ and have to tax the poo out of something else! (can`t cut useless programs to save taxpayers money, heavens no!)
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
    4710 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:51 am
    @schecter5 - How about some responsibility for your own decisions? I know you are a young one, and your generation feel entitled, but the world owes you nothing. If you want something, man up and do it yourself. Making the world change to suit you, is selfish and arrogant.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:02 am
    I hate to say it, but a smart person would buy as many cigs as possible, and sell them if they put this into effect.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
    2516 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:34 am
    I hate smoking (and smokers smoking near me) and even I think this is dumb.
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    broizfam Male 60-69
    4756 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:35 am
    @Gerry1of1:
    I like your thinking!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36172 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:37 am
    "the REAL problem is all the MONEY the gov`t makes from taxes"
    California keeps upping the tax on cigs...it`s at 250% right now. Each time they up it, purchases drop so tax income drops. Basically they don`t lose money `cause of the increase, but they don`t gain `cause of decreased sales.

    Not I did not say smoking decreases. Indian reservations, military bases, Arizona & Mexico are both very close and some people use the internet to order cigs.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:49 am
    Whoa I submitted the ages ago!! Go for it guys I`ll be able to make a fortune on the stupidity of health nazis!!!
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    Dead_mind Male 18-29
    303 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 11:08 am
    Why not just outlaw it? I mean, it worked so well for all the other drugs?
    Ohhhh... i see what i did there.
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    Solvent Male 18-29
    2842 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    This is beyond stupid.
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    deputy Male 50-59
    449 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    If they really wanted everyone to stop, they would not up the price by 10% each year, but just make it the target amount next year. This way they clearly want to make a big amount of money the next few years until no-one can afford to smoke, and even then it will take a lot of time untill there will be no more smoking induced problems.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm
    this*
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    Bealzebubble Male 18-29
    352 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    I don`t know if this is true. I live in NZ and this is the first I`ve heard of this. It could be an idea that an MP threw into the ring but it probably is not something that will happen for a while. Considering we can`t even get a ban in place for busy shopping streets the odds of this getting through are minimal.
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    TheGuySmiley Male 18-29
    1243 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    They should outlaw the sale of cigarettes everywhere. If you want to smoke, it should be that you`ll have to get some tobacco seeds and grow it in your back yard the old way.
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    OutWest Male 50-59
    546 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    It would be for the children....
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm
    What is it about liberals that they will not be content with running their own miserable lives?
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    Kalon Male 13-17
    368 posts
    August 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    Good!

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