TO­BACCO TAXES SPUR BLACK TRADE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

There are two is­sues of con­cern when it comes to Aus­tralia’s to­bacco laws, yet only one was dis­cussed in the ar­ti­cle “Elec­tronic-cig­a­rette aid in re­duc­ing lung can­cer” ( SM, Apr 8). While the ar­ti­cle raised the po­ten­tial health ben­e­fits for smok­ers, it did not high­light the fact that since there have been ex­or­bi­tant in­creases in tax for to­bacco prod­ucts, there has also been a rise in black mar­ket to­bacco. To find the right bal­ance be­tween an in­di­vid­ual’s right to choose whether or not to smoke against the Gov­ern­ment’s duty to the wider com­mu­nity, laws on nico­tine use in e-cig­a­rettes need to be re­viewed. The im­pact of ex­ces­sive tax­a­tion on to­bacco also needs to be re­viewed in light of the in­creased in­volve­ment of or­gan­ised crime syn­di­cates in this area. Cameron Lju­bic, Betha­nia

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