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Price rise

Posted in Reasons to quit 21 Jan 2020

Hi All, we have just had another price rise in

We are paying the highest of any country in the world. Makes you wonder how anyone in Aus can afford to smoke, but people always seem to find the money to do so. Really sad that people will pay so much to destroy their health and self esteem.

Stay focused and strong......there is no good reason to keep smoking x

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  • Leeann , Central Coast January 21, 2020 | 20:11
    So true Robn, it's disgusting how they continue to rob pple when they have an addiction. The government pretend they care but they won't stop selling them. I've handed over way too much money over the years for them, as I'm sure we all have. But no more. Ironic really how we paid to poison ourselves bit by bit thinking we actually liked it all for a little tube of nastiness as Nuts says.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW January 21, 2020 | 21:11
    I dont get it Robn.
    All I see happening is that the same old smokers still remain to fund their addiction / habit and just look a little more tatty and nervous and more stressed.
    But one thing which I keep seeing more of is the mostly younger people wandering around the main streets looking for someone to bludge a smoke off. Its increasing every year. It used to be the homeless, drug attics and mentally disturbed. Now I see perfectly rationally people ask and offer $1 or $2 for a smoke. Possibly because they cant afford $35 dollars for a packet of their own.
    I think its just making the underclass bigger.
    Its time to Quit
  • Happiness January 22, 2020 | 0:11
    retaliate. enough is enough. surprisingly. it will make you the winner.the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud.
  • Red-67 January 22, 2020 | 6:20
    From what I understand, your government stated, several years ago, that they would continue to raise the tax, in an effort to make people quit. Here, in the States, a pack of 20 actually cost about 27c to make, and around 1usd by the time it hits sale. So our $ 6 pack, is $ 5 of tax and tariffs. I can only imagine, that, down under, they are not much different, maybe $ 2 or $3 au, at the most, so who's pocket is the other 30+ a packet going into ? That's a LOT of tax money going somewhere, and what would they do if everybody did quit ? At least, many of us, have stopped feeding the tax monster. :)
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW January 22, 2020 | 12:30
    Hi Guys,
    I happen to live in a large town that trains police officers and has a massive prison too. And we have attracted quite a large amount of hard drug takers and pushers. But the police often have to deal with violent scuffles outside of pubs just because another person has stolen his smokes!
    And also, the prison officers often have to deal with similar acts of violence in gaol too. I only know this because at our 2 major tennis clubs we have alot of police officers at one club and alot of prison wardens at the other and I hear alot of this as we have a drink after the play is over.
    Another thing that is on the rise is petrol station break ins where they usually cant get to the money that easily, so they sure as h*ll come with large bags to steal as many packets of smokes as they possibly can.

    On the subject of price increases of smokes. Today I spoke to the owner of one Tobacconist. He said that there's 2 price increases every year. This one is 2.5% and 12.5% every September.
    I just forked out $53 for a packet of 40 today. I know. I dont need a lecture! I'm just waiting for the right timing to smoke my last cigarette. I havent finished reading the Allen Carr book just yet.
  • Jill67 January 22, 2020 | 12:31
    Cigarettes cost $35 a pack in your country???😳
    How is it that anyone could still afford to smoke??
    That’s crazy!!!
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW January 22, 2020 | 12:36
    thats just for the cheapest pack of 20 Jill.
  • Dolly67 January 22, 2020 | 23:40
    Puffnomore you are right in what you are saying.
    I work in the retail and we had an incident where cartons of cigarettes were stolen.
    It hasn’t been easy but today is day 140 without a cigarette.
  • Happiness January 23, 2020 | 4:10
    there is life after quitting smoking and after a stroke.freedom is taken for granted. i am fighting for mine again and winning a little more every day. Back to normal and home by feb 13
  • Jill67 January 23, 2020 | 12:24
    Happiness-that is fantastic news!! I am in the medical field and have seen too many times when a stroke leaves someone changed for life. I am so glad that yours was minor, and that you are on the road to recovery. I have no doubt that being a non smoker helped immensely with how your body coped, and is now adjusting. Keep going!!
  • Happiness January 25, 2020 | 8:11
    thanks jill.. i even get to go home for a weekend to see how i cope and to give thought to what i may need. i want to make pizza and play poker on line . i miss my everyday simple life. most of all i want to reassure my family and friends. thanks to all for your support for me and our new friends who posted. 😂😂
  • Pisces24, Central Coast January 25, 2020 | 13:57
    Keep fighting HAPPINESS😍😘🐟

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