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Cigarette Tax Receives Backing from Kidney Group

by Rajashri on July 6, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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 Cigarette Tax Receives Backing from Kidney Group

Kidney Health Australia has decided to give its assent to proposals to increase the tax on cigarettes.

"Reducing smoking, which is a big problem in Tasmania particularly in lower socio-economic areas, would have a huge effect if we could actually get the numbers down," said Caroline Mackintosh, from Kidney Health's Tasmanian branch. "It'd have a huge flow-on effect throughout the economy and waiting lists we have for beds and medical services for chronic disease."

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The National Preventative Health Taskforce has asked the government to increase tax on cigarettes to almost $20 for a pack of 30.



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