Smokers in New Zealand will pay $20 for a pack of cigarettes

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The tobacco tax increase was pushed by the Maori party, a party which represents the indigenous Maori who have one of the highest smoking percentages in New Zealand.

The government of New Zealand announced that it will increase the tobacco tax by 46 percent over the next four years


In four years smokers in New Zealand will have to pay close to $20 to buy a pack of cigarettes, as the government of the country decided to drastically raise the tobacco tax until 2020.

The Associated Press (AP) reported today that the government plans to hike tobacco taxes by 46 percent over the next four years as it wants eliminate smoking in the Oceanian state by 2025.

The tobacco tax increase was pushed by the Maori party, a party which represents the indigenous Maori who have one of t...


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