Coming to New Zealand: $100 Packs of Cigarettes?
Officials think higher prices will cut down on smoking
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 8:53 AM CDT
Updated Apr 28, 2012 7:12 AM CDT
This file photo made Oct. 21, 2009, shows Camel cigarettes, a Reynolds American brand, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – While the US has been trying to disgust smokers into giving up tobacco, New Zealand has been considering a more direct idea: raising the price of cigarettes to $100 a pack. The Ministry of Health wants a smoke-free NZ by 2025, and the $100 price tag—which would be implemented by 2020—is one of the ideas being discussed … although officials admit it is "probably unrealistic." The plan seen as the most likely would make a pack of cigarettes a still-sizable $60 by 2025, Sky News reports. But, 3 News adds, Prime Minister John Key is concerned that higher prices may simply encourage a black market.

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Apr 28, 2012 10:09 AM CDT
They will just do what we do in NYC. Buy your smokes off the street, tax free. I never pay 'Bloomies' taxes on them. @$10.90 a pack, I get them for $5. NZ is just asking for a new crime wave, with theft of smokes and hijacking of delivery trucks, deals gone bad and people killed over tobacco. Stupid idea.
Apr 24, 2012 9:32 AM CDT
Wow how stupid, these people will just buy cigarettes from another country or grow there own - DUH
Apr 24, 2012 3:02 AM CDT
Perhaps we are going about this backwards. What if we ditched the corporate model, and allow organic, small farm and greenhouse tobacco only. People could grow their own household crop also. The tobacco would be healthier, and not so readily available. Perhaps people would approach smoking it differently.