Plain packaging wrong for cigarettes

During the federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada ran on a platform committing to evidence-based decision-making and a willingness to listen to Canadians. These words were widely heralded in the Canadian media as signifying a new evidence-based approach to policy. The tobacco industry knew that the government intended to look at plain packaging for

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$40 cigarettes after laws pass parliament

Smokers will soon be slugged $40 for a packet of cigarettes. Bipartisan legislation to increase the tax on cigarettes over four years cleared parliament on Wednesday night. The excise will increase by 12.5 per cent each year to 2020. Labor backed the legislation, having announced similar measures before the July 2 election. Debate on the

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Cigarette packs jump to almost $30 a pack

Smoking cigarettes just became a whole lot dearer with the price of a packet rising to almost $30 on Thursday. The 12.5 per cent federal government tax hike confirms Australia as among the most expensive places in the world to buy a pack of cigarettes. And it’s expected the tobacco excise, which will increase 12.5 per

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