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Tobacco tax helps take the puff out of smoking

Date posted: 6 May 2016

The Heart Foundation have applauded the Australian Government for maintaining the tobacco tax increase in the 2016 Budget. Heart Foundation tobacco control spokesperson, Maurice Swanson, said the legislation introduced in 2014 was a measure that would continue to save lives.

'Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, with around 15,000 people dying each year because they smoke...There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, with even a non-smoker’s risk of heart disease increased by up to 25-30% if they are exposed to second-hand smoke.' Mr Swanson said.

Mr Swanson said the introduction of the tax increases of 12.5%, initially announced by the previous Government in 2013 and reiterated by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten last year, demonstrated strong tri-partisan support for tobacco control policies.

He said the Australia continued to adopt world best practice, with the World Health Organisation outlining that the most potent and cost-effective option for governments everywhere was the simple elevation of tobacco prices by use of consumption taxes.

'Evidence from the World Health Organisation found that price increases on cigarettes reduced demand in countries across all income levels, inducing cessation and preventing initiation of tobacco use, especially amongst younger people,' Mr Swanson said.

To read the full release, please see the links below.

Source: The Heart Foundation

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Last updated: 6 May 2016
 
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