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New Zealand Mulls Charging $100 For Cigarettes

Hits: 7021 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: McGovern1981
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Kalon
Male, 13-17, Midwest US
 370 Posts
Saturday, August 04, 2012 10:34:18 PM
Good!

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13597 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:33:00 PM
What is it about liberals that they will not be content with running their own miserable lives?

OutWest
Male, 50-59, Western US
 548 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 5:09:53 PM
It would be for the children....

TheGuySmiley
Male, 18-29, Canada
 1222 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:32:20 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.

Bealzebubble
Male, 18-29, Australia
 305 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:21:12 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.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13246 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 2:02:22 PM
this*

deputy
Male, 40-49, Europe
 341 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 1:59:12 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.

Solvent
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2855 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 1:13:53 PM
This is beyond stupid.

Dead_mind
Male, 18-29, Europe
 278 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 11:08:17 AM
Why not just outlaw it? I mean, it worked so well for all the other drugs?
Ohhhh... i see what i did there.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13246 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:49:36 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!!!

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:37:15 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.

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3249 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:35:32 AM
@Gerry1of1:
I like your thinking!

jendrian
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2490 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:34:19 AM
I hate smoking (and smokers smoking near me) and even I think this is dumb.

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 9988 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:02:54 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.

turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3458 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:51:24 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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24468 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:50:12 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!)

turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3458 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:43:48 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.

RoboPatton
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2429 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:37:44 AM
Kinda makes me wish for Old Zealand.

And yes, it would just mean a (HUGE) black market.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:09:39 AM

I don't like church. Can we put a HIGH tax on that?
The world would be a better place.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:08:58 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!

madduck
Female, 50-59, Europe
 5430 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:53:28 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.

Buiadh
Male, 30-39, Europe
 6653 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:45:16 AM
Would love to see this worldwide.

broizfam
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3249 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:43:33 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!

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5694 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:33:03 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.

schecter5
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 412 Posts
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:26:53 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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