Winston Peters Speaks up for Smokers

September 7, 2012 New Zealand Taxation

cigarette taxWinston peters has criticized the government for not spending enough on anti-smoking programs.

Winston Peters has lashed out at the government’s current treatment and taxation of tobacco products.

The New Zealand First leader claimed that the government currently raises approximately NZD 1.3 billion from taxation on tobacco products, but only spends 4 percent of the revenues to fund programs to help smokers kick the habit.

Winston Peters conceded that smoking is harmful and may damage health, and claimed he is in support of providing individuals with assistance to quit smoking.

However, he also said that there needs to be more transparency between what is collected by the government from tobacco taxes and how much is spent by the government on anti-smoking education programs.

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