Winston is right, the government is being greedy

Winston Peters, a life long smoker, is accusing the government of lacking the courage to ban tobacco.

The Government would ban tobacco if it was serious about public health but it won’t because it reaps $1.6 billion a year in tax, Winston Peters says.

“In New Zealand the price of a packet of cigarettes is made up of 80 percent taxes – that’s just a greedy Government hammering a legal product,” the NZ First leader said.

“They are deluding people – it’s not about public health it’s all about the taxation dollars the Government wants to flood into the public kitty.”

Mr Peters says the Government collects $1.6b a year through tobacco tax and it will rise to $1.8b in 2020.  

The Government confirmed in last week’s Budget that tobacco tax would continue to increase at 10 percent a year for the next four years.

And yesterday it released draft regulations for plain packaging.

Mr Peters says it’s “just another attack on working people”.

What is strange though is we now have the bizarre situation where 50g of tobacco (nearly 2oz) is more expensive than cannabis after National’s tax hikes.

Only in NZ could a legal product now become more expensive than an illegal product. Poor smokers will now have a viable choice, pay for the extortionate government taxed tobacco or buy cheaper weed.

Well done Sam, bet you never thought that one through.

But banning it won’t work either, just look at the prevalence of cannabis, which is already banned.

We now have a farcical situation in NZ where alcohol can be advertised, used for promotions and sponsorship and is legally available in supermarkets despite the carnage alcohol abuse causes nationwide. Meanwhile tobacco is now more expensive than cannabis, is being forced to de-brand and the self-funding partakers of this substance are treated as pariahs despite the billions in taxes they pay.

To add insult to injury it is highly likely that cannabis will be legalised inside 5 years.


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