Government Shows no Interest in Raising the Prices of Cigarettes Packages
Bay of Plenty MP put forth a report, which aimed at increasing the prices of cigarette packages to up to $100 per package so as to reduce the number of deaths encountered each year due to smoking. It was notified that the act would help the nation become smoke-free by 2025.
Detailed reports illustrated that price to $60 in 2013 and then by an added 10 per cent every year after, making it $100 by 2020, would be the best way out to tackle the situation of smoking.
However, the recent report suggested by the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, declares that the government showed no interest in implementing the proposal. He has stated that the government at present will not take forward any step to increase the costs of the cigarette packets to $100.
Mr. Ryall said, “The reports suggests how difficult it is going to be to get the country smoke-free by 2025, but finding a way to achieve this is worth the hard work”.
He exaggerated that the government is working on the possibilities and measures that can be imposed to reduce the number of smokers, and the above mentioned proposal is one such measure being brought up, but the lack of interest shown by the government has left it just as an option that can be considered later on.
He stated that increasing the costs is the best way to reduce the figures related to smoking and its adverse affects.
He emphasized that the previous reports suggest that the there was as substantial fall in the number of smokers after the prices of cigarettes packet were raised by about 40 per cent over the last three years.
He asserted that he definitely wants to see the cost being raised, as if the proposal is accepted that means less number of smokers, hence, less number of people suffering from lung disease and other diseases, above all a decrease in the cost of health services.
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