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PETA Says Tax Meat Like Cigarettes

June 10, 2016 New Zealand Taxation

PETA has called on the New Zealand government to tax “flesh foods” like tobacco.

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written a letter to the Finance Minister Bill English, calling on the government to tax meats the same way as cigarettes and tobacco.

PETA claimed that a tax on “flesh foods” would save lives, as recent research has indicated that meats could be classified as carcinogenic, and that a 20 percent tax on sources of saturated fats could save as many as 1 500 New Zealanders per year.

Further, as a tax on meat would lead to a reduction in demand and production of meat, the measure would also result in a reduction in the amount of waste, emissions, and pollution generated by the agricultural industry.

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Taxpayers’ Union Questions Tobacco Tax Hikes

May 30, 2016 New Zealand Taxation

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the government to look at legalizing e-cigarettes instead of just unfairly raising taxes on tobacco.

Late last week the Taxpayers’ Union issued a press release calling the government’s latest round of tax hikes of tobacco products “morally questionable”.

The government has announced that each year until 2020 the tax on tobacco products will rise by 10 percentage points.

In its press release the Taxpayers’ Union claimed that smokers already pay enough tax on their purchases to cover their own smoking-related healthcare costs three times over.

It was also added that often the people who are paying a large portion of the taxes on cigarettes are low-income individuals who are least able to afford the rising costs.

As an alternative to the tax hike...

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Tobacco Tax Need Bigger Hikes

February 9, 2016 New Zealand Taxation

tax on cigarettesThe government is being urged to continue with its annual hikes to cigarette taxes in New Zealand, and to at least double the rate of these increases.

The National Maori Tobacco Control Service, or Te Ara Ha Ora, has called on the government to continue imposing new tax hikes on the sale of tobacco in New Zealand in order to achieve the goal of a smokefree New Zealand by 2025.

Earlier this year the fourth and final planned hike to the rate of tax on the sale of tobacco and cigarettes was enacted, bringing the price of even a cheap pack of cigarettes to well over NZD 20.

However, currently no new legislation has been enacted to continue raising the tax rate on the sale of cigarettes.

It was noted by the Service that even if the government now commits to implementing annual 10 percent incre...

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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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