Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tobacco tax

Smoking is a filthy, disgusting, deadly habit. Adding 10% to excise tax will have an impact, but perhaps one Tariana and others haven't thought of.

There will be an increase in burglaries and robberies of dairies and petrol stations targeting cigarettes.

That's as certain as night follows day.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was on a job site a couple of weeks back and guys were buying cartons of smokes for $50 - $5 a packet.

You couldn't read what was on the packet as it was all in Vietnamese or Thai or something. Contraband methinks !

MikeE said...

you forgot to mention the ACT MP who shall not be named who also voted for this.

Eric Crampton said...

They may well see this as a plus; it would give them an excuse to ban sales in dairies and the like. Just too unsafe to allow sales outside of armed government depots: they'll wind up proving it eventually....