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Costs up again

Posted in Reasons to quit 02 Sep 2017

Well, it is the 1st of September and cigarette tax is up again in Sydney by 13% making a pack of 30 costing $35.20 a packet. What a disgraceful greedy Govt. However it is a good deterrent to not go back if you are quit like me. Anyway, i do not think i could afford to smoke at this cost. Would mean spending $175 per week at the rate Steve and i used to smoke. So, yes people think about it and do not go back and feed the Govt. They think only of the revenue not your health. Cheers.

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  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney September 02, 2017 | 8:06
    Sorry the weekly cost would be $35.20×7=$246.40.....which is even worse. Good luck all.
  • Red-67 September 02, 2017 | 8:58
    Wow,, That is crazy !
    Figuring the exchange rate, and that, here, we have packs of 20, that would put them at about 19us a pack !! Generic / cheap,, can be had for 4 to 5 us.. I was smoking mini cigars.. Really a cigarette, but not a paper wrapper.. They were just 1.75us a pack, because of the difference in the taxes.. Crazy, right ? But,, look on the bright side.. Look how much money you are saving :) I have saved, less than 400us, in 6 1/2 months... :) :) But, I am not complaining.. There is a new gun I want, but it will take another few months to get there.. If everybody in Australia quit smoking, the government would collapse, for lack of money.. !
  • Berend September 02, 2017 | 9:35
    just look at the positive side . the more expensive it gets the bigger your motivation to stay quit and not touch a sigarette again
  • Steve01 September 02, 2017 | 12:30
    G'day Johnnie,
    Yeah I hear you mate, the prices are a shocker in this country. I didn't realise myself how much the price had gone up until last week when I was asked if I could grab someone a pack from the local corner shop! Couldn't believe I had to scrounge through the wallet for another 3 bucks!
    Although I'm glad to be free of the chains, it does make you wonder if the government is going about it the right way. Given how highly addictive it is and with lots of people on low incomes, some will forgo food or other essentials just to feed the habit. So will this create a different form of unwellness in our society. We've seen on the news all last week about the new rising crime rate in illegal cigarette importing and shop break ins because smokes are becoming like gold. Perhaps the government is creating more problems by continuously hiking the prices than it is curing.

  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney September 02, 2017 | 15:43
    Gooday Steve and hello Berend. Berend ,yes if you look on the positive side it does become a deterrent. However, as Steve mentioned i am sure crime rate will escalate through robberies etc. as it becomes a good business for petty thieves to sell such items in pubs etc. and so on. I do believe that as silly as it may seem however, that it is a person's right to smoke if that is what he/she desires however the Govt just crucifies smokers. Alcoholic beverages have had no way the increases that tobacco has been subject to. Anyway i do wish people wake up and deprive the Govt from these exhorbitant taxes. Cheers.
  • jenno211058 September 02, 2017 | 16:08
    So pleased i don't smoke anymore, i really dont think i could even afford it....
    Even though i only smoked rollies which are cheaper than the ready mades, i still dont think i could afford....
  • Dougie52 September 04, 2017 | 19:12
    I read the Australian govt is going to increase taxes on cigs by 12.5% each year until 2020.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney September 05, 2017 | 7:43
    Yes are right.Pack now $35.20 and allowing increases of 12.5% each year to 2020 it will by my calculations make a pack of 30's costing a staggering $48.50 . Who can afford this cost each day for God's sake. Stay "quit" people. Cheers.
  • Rise and Grind September 05, 2017 | 7:53
    So your telling me in australia for 1 pack of 20 cigs it 37.50? Here in the US its 7.75 for a pack. That is crazy to me. Who can afford to smoke at that rate.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney September 05, 2017 | 8:53
    Hi Rise and Grind, yes at present people are paying $35.20 for a pack of 30's ........not best quality either. A pouch of 50 grams roll your own works out to around $65. Smokers are hit very hard in Australia. All the more reason to quit. Cheers.
  • jenno211058 September 07, 2017 | 7:17
    I stood behind a guy at the checkout on Tuesday, 5 days after the new increase, i dont know the brand he was purchasing, cause they are just that plain colour, but he asked for 2, packets of 30s of whatevers and the woman said that was $75. ?c....ouch, ouch, ouch..
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney September 07, 2017 | 10:12
    Jenno hi, just look at how much cakes and chocolate he could have
  • ronryan65, Western NSW October 19, 2017 | 22:06
    Hi Johnnie, Day35 for me and alls well just thought I'd let ya know I'm doing alright and I'm not going away from here for a while yet, anyway Go the Bunnys cant wait for the NRL game in Feb Souths V Dragons in Mudgee my hometown.

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