FROM THE EDITOR
The Government recently pledged $1.8m to ramp up security for dairy owners and small businesses battling a spate of aggravated robberies.
There are increasing incidents of thugs entering shops brandishing baseball bats, knives, machetes or axes, beating up staff and making off with whatever they please. In most cases it’s cigarettes. Why? Because people can’t afford them anymore.
A pack of 20 ciggies is now $21 to $27 making it a $147 to $189 a week habit. They’re highly addictive, driving some people to take desperate measures. Yet the Government keeps hiking prices in a bid to meet its target of a smoke-free NZ by 2025.
I think prices should be kept down to make it safer for shop keepers. People will gradually stop smoking anyway - young people today know it’s bad for your health and wallet. There are lots of things people are addicted to...sugar, gambling, food, alcohol, social media .... Why punish the smokers and dairy owners?