Smoking prices up
The first of four tobacco tax increases came in on January 1, seeing prices hike 10 per cent.
Quitline says the price rise will really start to put the squeeze on smokers’ pockets with a standard 20 cigarette packet likely to cost around $16 – up from $14.40.
Even though most smokers have known the tobacco tax increase is coming, it will make it just that much harder and more expensive to continue to smoke.
Quitline encourages smokers to get support to help them to quit smoking and stay quit.
‘‘We know the more Quitline services a client uses, the higher their rate of success,’’ chief executive Paula Snowden says.
‘‘Smokers can pick and choose the support services that work best for them, including phone, email, blogs, text and online support.’’