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Do you think excise duty increases on cigarettes help reduce smoking rates?

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John Williams  ·  23 Oct 2014

It has been proven worldwide that price affects usage. This applies not only to tobacco but to items like alcohol, food, fuel etc. The huge cost to the medical services by the users of cigarettes has to be paid for and with our poor health service they are depriving others of their appropriate treatment. The excuse that it will encourage smuggling is not valid when the police and customes crack down hard. The penalties for tobacco smuggling have to be revised upwards as smugglers are prpared to take the risk because the fine is paltry.

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