On 1 September there was another 12.5% rise in the price of cigarettes, and for the first time, loose tobacco was also taxed in line with factory-made cigarettes, taking the price of an average pack of cigarettes or 25 gram pouch of loose tobacco to more than $30.
Health experts estimate 320,000 current smokers are likely to quit as a result of tax increases over the next four years.
It is undeniable that the tax increase will impact some people. It is now critical that health and community services work together to lessen the financial and health burden of tobacco on clients and staff. It will not only help them save money, but also their life.
Read Cancer Council WA's Make Smoking History E-News to find out which community services are currently working towards long lasting solutions to provide opportunities for supporting clients and staff who smoke.
Available via this link - http://mailchi.mp/1c3fad859019/make-smoking-history-e-news
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