Currently NZD$40 (USD$27) a pack in NZ - mostly tax. People keep buying them…Started smoking when they were 75 cents. I quit smoking when the price hit $2. Quit cold Turkey. I was working in promotional marketing for our client Phillip Morris at the time and had a garage full of cigarettes to distribute at bars and nightclubs. Now they are $10 a pack with most of it tax today cover smoker’s futures health care (yeah right) and people still buy their daily pack of death nails.
I say we only let legislators who are not fat vote on those kinds of questions.While I am not generally in favor of nanny government deciding personal habits - think prohibition or legislating away red meat…..I have to say this strikes me as a good idea. Since the consequences of smoking is such a huge impact to health care costs it might be worth the intrusion. It does beg the question…..where does government stop when choosing which harmful habits to outlaw?
Nope, legal age is 18.They sell tobacco to people under 14 in New Zealand?
I think it will work for most.Sounds nice in theory, but if I were a betting man, I would bet most of my money on this failing as it would needlessly criminalise people and give organised crime a HUGE source of revenue and will probably contribute to even more dangerous fags because who the fuck is going to regulate what proper crims' put in their 'marlboro' ciggies.
I wish New Zealand the best with this endeavour though.
So those too young to vote are having their choice made for them by the old people whose healthcare he is expected to someday fund. Ironic. Will he someday return the favor by voting to outlaw TV for those over 60, improving the lifestyle of fat old people?Nope, legal age is 18.
Ban doesn't start until 2025, effectively meaning that those age 14 now, will never be able to legally buy tobacco.
Um, shame the old people decided to abolish conscription eh? Outrageous, we were too young to vote on it!!So those too young to vote are having their choice made for them by the old people whose healthcare he is expected to someday fund. Ironic. Will he someday return the favor by voting to outlaw TV for those over 60, improving the lifestyle of fat old people?