The price of cigarettes is on the rise again with a pack of 20 that now costs $ 35
Smokers across Australia have one more reason to quit from today.
A pack of 20 cigarettes will add up to $ 35 per pack on Sept. 1, as the federal government’s tobacco taxes are increased by 12.5 percent for the second time this year.
That means a pack-a-day smoker will spend about $ 12,500 a year to light.
NSW Nationals MP Michael Johnsen, who smoked for 40 years, told 3AW radio that more needs to be done to encourage vaping – an alternative he believes is cheaper and safer.
“We hear that the federal government wants to ban it all together. I think instead of banning it, we should take the lead in NSW and the federal government should go with us in terms of legalizing, regulating and taxing it, ”said Mr. Johnsen.
“It should be used as a way for people who want to quit smoking to switch to smoking.”
A year’s worth of vaping, on the other hand, costs about $ 1000, but right now the laws around vaping are somewhat complex and all states and territories have their own laws regarding the sale of e-cigarettes.
Australian poison regulations effectively prohibit the possession and use of nicotine for vaping.
But vaporizers and e-cigarettes can be sold by sellers without liquid nicotine.
A person can then legally obtain a prescription for liquid nicotine, but most users obtain the highly addictive substance illegally.
“ If you put it in practice, instead of spending $ 12,000 – if they spent $ 1,000 on vaping or $ 2,000 because you taxed it – they’d be happy with that and would save a lot of money and would we regulate it, so it would be a safe method and a very safe product, ”said Mr Johnsen.
“We would actually help the community to become a lot healthier.”
The Australian government rakes in about $ 17 billion dollars in tobacco taxes annually.
This has led to a surge in the black market tobacco trade as organized crime syndicates flood the Australian market with cheap smoke.
The illegal tobacco trade is worth about $ 600 million annually, according to the Australian Border Force.
While there is some scientific evidence to support the idea that vaping is safer than traditional tobacco products, other studies around the world have concluded that e-cigarettes can still cause serious harm.
With the world now in the grip of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic virus attacking the lungs and airways, health experts say there’s never been a better time to stop.
“You’re about twice as likely to have a serious COVID disease if you’re a current or past smoker compared to someone who has never smoked,” said Matthew Peters, chief of respiratory medicine at Concord Hospital in Sydney.
‘Smoking is bad for your lungs and this is an especially good time to not be a smoker and not have that damage.
The sooner you can act, the better. You reduce the risk of wound infections, respiratory infections and pneumonia, as well as heart attacks and strokes. ‘