Smok­ing prices up

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.’’

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