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Is the government putting tax dollars before the health of smokers?

Posted on October 23, 2019

In 2015/16 smoking killed over 20,000 Australians and cost the country $136 billion, according to a new report. The report concludes that Australia 'needs to continue to invest in strategies to prevent and reduce smoking, and the associated significant morbidity and mortality’.

The government's response was to throw a few crumbs into tobacco control

The report Identifying the Social Costs of Tobacco Use to Australia in 2015/16 was prepared by the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University and was launched by Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday.

The Health Minister announced an additional $5 million for tobacco control, bringing the total allocation for a public education campaign for the next 4 years to $25 million.

ATHRA's view is that $6.25 million per year is a totally inadequate budget for the leading cause of preventable death and illness. This is a tiny portion of the $17.4 billion tobacco tax collected in the last financial year

The report found that smoking is highly profitable for the government.

‘From a purely financial perspective, the Australian Government in 2015/16 raised more revenue in tobacco excise ($9.8 billion) than it lost through smoking attributable costs and loss of other revenue ($2.2 billion)’ the report found

Australia has the highest cigarette prices in the world and the tobacco tax is now Australia's fourth largest tax after personal income tax, company tax and GST.

The greatest share of the costs of smoking is carried by the most disadvantaged and impoverished members of society who have the highest smoking rates. The skyrocketing tobacco tax is contributing to social and financial inequalities.

More of the tax collected should be used to help and support smokers who wish to quit, rather than to balance the budget.

The government will increase the tobacco tax again by 12.5% next year, claiming this is to help smokers quit. However, smokers think they are being cynically exploited and punished. Many addicted smokers simply cannot quit nicotine, no matter how high the cost of smoking.

A goal without a plan

Mr Hunt re-announced the national goal of reaching a 10% daily adult smoking rate by 2025, far below New Zealand's goal of 5% by 2025. However, no new policy is  being offered to reach this target and it is bound to fail.

One neglected solution is to legalise vaping nicotine. Vaping is increasing quit rates and reducing smoking prevalence in many western countries while smoking rates stagnate in Australia

Importantly for the Treasury, legalising vaping would carry no cost to the public purse as vapers pay for their own supplies.

If policy was guided by science, vaping nicotine would be widely available now in Australia. However, it seems tobacco policy is driven by politics, ideology and emotion and smokers are paying with their lives as well as their pockets.


Identifying the Social Costs of Tobacco Use to Australia in 2015/16. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.2019

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No surprise were the gov is concerned. More tax means more money for them. Don't worry about the 10s of 1000s of people who die every year 😡

Darrell Veal

Sort of makes me wonder what the government is really up to, last year 8 billion raised, cost of smoking on looking after smokers was 134million or so. Just imagine how much better the economy would be if a fair tax covered health costs, smokers would then be spending that extra money on other things helping the economy. Dumb ignorant governments and dumb ignorant do gooders controlling peoples individual rights. Our own human rights are being undermined by these fools.


I started smoking at age13 back when no one care but it was a thing you did


No great surprise here
Elect ordinary people to government and get ordinary results
Greg Hunt and Scott Morrison are as fucken ordinary as they get
These insidious twats ram this shit through during a fucking pandemic when everyone’s focussed on not getting the Chinese virus they allowed into the country with planeloads of Wuhans finest landing at will
Just goes to show these parasites couldn’t give a fuck about anyones health and only care about beefing up tax revenues
How about challenging these fuckwits in the high court
No that’s right I forgot this countries so apathetic and neutered it couldn’t fight its way out of a paper bag
Let the fuckwits run the show
Thanks to all the fuckwits that voted the liberal party in and gave us greg cunt


Well said mate! This fucking government is all about greed with fuck all results! Alcohol still kills more people a year and along with it, domestic violence, depression etc.. not that I want more taxes on piss either! As a smoker, what a fucking joke this nation has become.. another thing no one realised at the time, plain packaging was a deal no doubt cut between big tobacco and the government as the printing and packaging costs savings alone now would be millions! I would know I’m in the trade. Weeds cheaper too smoke now and no government grub tax!

steff sandor

Yep exactly was ok to advertise the stuff in the 70s on TV and we treated like lepers..I think a class action is needed…116 buks for 50gm winny reds .wat a fukin joke. Wait till people are getting robbed and killed for the stuff..nanny country in full swing. Sad


I think the government should use a lot more of the cigarette tax billions to help the nicotine addicted poorer people to kick the habit and I’ll be asking my MP on Monday why they aren’t doing this


Well we live in a great country good people, why is the leaders of our country hell bent on bending middle and low class people over and fucking them good and proper with these fucked up taxes , Julia Gillard brought in her tax idea magically all the pollies got a massive pay rise?show me the money you bunch of greedy fuckers!!!!!


I’m hearing you Bob


Yes , we must cast our opinion to our MPs more . Where is Robin Hood and hi smoking men to help us!


I cannot kick the habit, been smoking 35 years.
High taxes means people like me, go broke, then suicide.
That is what's happening now around Australia, they just not telling you

steff sandor

Yep exactly..everyone send an email to ya mps..keep bombarding them till they take some action


I just spent time in hospital for heart surgery out of the two wards I was in four people per room changing every day over ten days stay only two of us were smokers and all of them were in for the same operation. Surgeon said it's not smokers any more its people's diets that cause plaque build up in the arteries and it's getting worse every year. So in my mind smokers are taxed to breaking point to cover the fast food industry


I'm sick of the mongrel government everything i have read here i agree with just money hungry bastards. i despise them so much i can't wait till my life is over i look forward to leaving this glorified life of slavery and dictation. I have never cost the australian health system anything but have given the government so much tax after forty years of smoking. i am now fifty six years old and havn't cost them anything for smoking . when it happens or happens that i get sick from it is my problem not theirs and i already paid more than enough if i needed help. But hopefully i will go fast anyway. don't care about retirement or living in a nursing home it all sucks and depresses me.

C Marriott

As a smoker for over 40yrs it is obvious the govt has disproportionately increased taxes on tobacco, the 1st pk of cigarettes I purchased cost me .58cents, even then this was pocket change or lunch money, now it costs me as much as my rent, over $300/week to smoke. I believe those addicted in such circumstances should be given a discounted rate on tobacco & if smoking is as damaging as claimed, I should already be dead & let govts ban tobacco altogether foregoing the tax collected therefrom.


C Marriott , up till 1974 we were taught about our constitutional rights and laws in schools, it is called the Magna Carta anis still our true and correct constitutional rights and laws, however it has been stopped from being taught in schools as the government doesn’t want anyone to know of it and came up with what we know these days! Our Governments and their departments have a lot to explain to us about ACT’s and including our privacy/ stored information of all of us , the Privacy Act only is valid in Australia so how does this work when our information is stored overseas ? It doesn’t! We have no privacy at all ! The Federal and state governments including departments such as the police ect are all funded by the taxpayers, so how is it legally possible for these to have ABN’s registered businesses and you will find The Australian Federal Government is registered on the American stock exchange with an ABN ? Census has an ABN ! Are you starting to get the picture? So all Governments concerned are slimey and corrupt in the taxes they have imposed especially in the recent years saying high taxes on cigarettes is for health reasons not revenue! The government is not worried about health, if they were there wouldn’t be any homeless Australian taxpayers ! The government tried to put a gst on women’s sanitary needs, it was stopped after women spoke up about this, the government now have a gst on women’s sanitary goods but did this behind all concerned, also a gst on condoms , the government for us as smokers have less rights but pay bigger taxes than none smokers, classic case of discrimination! But used as this under health reasons and probably illegal laws! In early days and even know all cigarettes are imported subject to another tax on top of what we pay , double dipping from the government! Who are the cigarette suppliers? Rich companies that line our Governments pockets, where are the from America and England for example! So yes The Australian Government is profiteering of our nicotine addiction ! They as a business only look after businesses , paid of to be exact! Can you remember Robin Hood and the king of Sherwood? That’s where we are now, the king takes from the poor! Why don’t all our recent government letter heads say OHMS anymore? Because they have shafted all of us, to my understanding as long as the Queens head is on our legal tender/ currency OHMS still exists as the same for the Magna Carta, this cannot be removed from any government or politicians, it our constitution and legal rights ! Our legal constitution says that the government must protect us in which they have failed due to allowing these tobacco products to be sold here in order to gain money! How about we all sue the government for the addition they supplied in the first place, a civil law suit! For r discrimination on a product they allowed to get people addicted to make profit ! Cartel one would think! No corruption here in Australia haha ! Welcome to Communist Australia !


So true ! Civil lawsuit. We need a Robin Hood ! ! We are being taken for fool’s. How did Australia end up so bad ! We have to STOP this communist government ! !


I was thinking about seeing some lawyers for a class action about the cost to taxpayers.
It's getting ridiculous the price for a pack of smokes. I could of bought a house with the amount of tax we pay.
Mention sugar tax and everyone loses it. I'm sure obesity and associated issues are costing the health system as much , if not more than smokers.
Not many people know about the future fund supposedly set up to help us , if needed , when we're older.

steff sandor

My grandad smoked like a train..he lived to 98


I am one of those who are on the poverty line, I worry about finances whenever I am awake and I have had health problems from my teenage years ( nothing to do with my chest, lungs or heart ) I have been smoking for forty years.

Where was the government then telling us the dangers and punishing us for doing so, where was the government when my alcoholic husband didn’t Punish him with huge taxes, while he beat me for ten years as he was an aggressive violent alcoholic, of course I divorced him as it was the logical thing to do.

Where is our greedy governments logic ?

I’m now in a place in my life where the genetic diseases are worse but without the tax hike on cigarettes I would not have as much financial stress that adds to my depression and anxiety from the pain of my diseases on top.

If the Government used basic logic they would realise this will not work on those barely surviving as we smoke because we are stressed and full of anxiety, when my body is in need of good food, they were happy to get me started all those years ago and now after all these years I’m deeply addicted they want me to believe they need 8 billion dollars a year to cover illness through smoking only.

I wasn’t born yesterday this is about filling their coiffures, damn the poor, who are only trying to find a way to get through the week and make it bearable.they failed our generation but hopefully not the current generation and for them vaping should be available and the fact it isn’t is proof they are lining their pockets with the money from the low income, disabled and people with mental health issues and that is immoral on so many levels !!!


I am 50, been smoking since 16 due to the government encouraging me to do so at the time.
Now they have captured us, they can tax us until we have no more money.
I going through my super now, it will not be long before that is gone.
I refuse to be destitute, I will kill myself when that time comes, due to the government cigarette taxes.
I just waiting till the government sends me broke.
Scott Morriston, my suicide, is on your head

steff sandor

No dude.then they win fuk em.hang around and join us in making their life hell

steff sandor

Its beyond a joke..for us over 55 who got hooked on the stuff when advertising smokes on the tele was around..have now have to go without decent food cause of our habbit..give up?..yes I've tried 3 times so how about we get a discount of sorts


I just read a report "Tobacco excise: historical trends and forecasting methodology" June 1019 for The Australian Government Treasury.
They know smoking is in decline. That is what this report is about. How to keep the money rolling in when less people are smoking. That is how I read it anyway.

Nicholas Schlensky

They love the money so much and don't give a toss about the harm they are causing to working Australians. Cigarettes do cause harm but the govt should use other means to discourage use.
In the decades to come when people are living 20 yrs longer I guess the pension will be impossible to pay for. The govt just wants money now even if they will have to look after old age pensioners for an extra 20 yrs?


So where is the amazing cancer research facility that my addiction is paying for? If we are paying in advance for future problems that may arise due to our own imperfections as humans, should we see some benefit from these taxes?


Would love to know how only 2.5 million tobacco smokers apparently cost the Government 136 billion in related costs. This is the highest taxed product in the Country, and yet nothing is being offered to smokers as a real solution to quitting.


Australia had a very flourishing tobacco industry, until some dickhead do-gooder fucked up the industry and made several growers bankrupf. It did not stop the addicted smoker who are now struggling to make ends meet. Once again Australia has the highest cost for cigarettes and should be ashamed to steal from the poor, cigarettes in Europe are half or less than in Australia, disgusting to witness our incompetent Government to bend over for the rich and steal from the poor! Remember Hocking sitting outside parliament and smocking his $ 50. cigars ? Big grin on his face, yep, that's the arseholes you voted for 😡😰🤮


Why is it that the Australian Government never introduces labels for alcohol as they have for cigarettes.l would love to see a big fatty scared liver damaged kidneys or a burst pancreas on a bottle of Penfolds Grange.l don’t understand why alcohol gets a free pass all the time.Australian culture seems to think your some kind of hero if you drink yourself into a blackout stage and vomit all over yourself.l have never known of a smoker smoking 20 cigarettes getting in the car and killing a family on the road as a drinker with 20 drinks under their belt.I know for a fact that drinking alcohol is more of a problem in society as l am a alcoholic in recovery the stories l have heard and told are astounding to know this is a major problem in our country.l will say one more thing the Government not out to save smokers just line big fat pockets of Parliament with totally unjustifiable taxes to hard working Australians..


Well said Kevin I couldn't agree more. I often think Government should be far more accountable to the people than they are. I would love to see them put the actual revenue they get from all tobacco taxes broken down year by year for the last 5 years and also the actual amount spent in each of these years on smokers or ex smokers who have had treatment in that year for lung and bowel cancer then try and justify the massive increases. Booze is even worse than smoking and causes far more misery but somehow it's socially acceptable and a clever thing to do until it too gets you hooked.Bet you won't find that information freely available. It is time we had a voice but the facts are so well hidden creating a valid argument wouldn't be possible. Class action would be good, however those greedy mongrels will have their assets well covered!


I'm 35 years old, I started at 15, a pack of 40s back then was about 9 bux.

This tax hike is just a scheme to line theyre pockets and a breach on our freedoms as adults to choose if we can or can't smoke. We should have the choice. They shouldn't be able to force our hands by robbing our wallets/purses. Its criminal. People will start going to black market smokes. So they'll lose out on those taxes and screw themselves over while encouraging blackmarket tobacco sales…

Ingrid Hultonn

Regarding the ongoing tax excise hikes for a packet of 20 cigarettes, now costing nearly $30, who can I write a letter of complaint to in the regard to the unfairness of this tax?

Is there an Ombudsman who could act on my behalf?
Thanks for your article and asking of messages.


The Australian Government will use any excuse to steel of its people, then when the Australian people turn against the government it just kills off its people and brings in other people. Anything to cash up at any cost. So I don’t rely think the government cares about how many deaths are caused by smoking! It’s just a good excuse. Doesn’t get any more week than that!


I am a smoker. Been addicted for 45 years. The government is reaping in billions and sending us bankrupt. Government was happy to let us get addicted and now we are being punished. Depression rates in smokers must be going through the roof. We can’t afford to socialise, buy new clothes and a whole stack of other things we now have to go without. No wonder the retail sector has been struggling for years, smokers can’t afford to spend anything. This country is becoming a nazi state. Alcohol kills more people and incites violence among other things. Since when does the government have the right to take away our free choice!!! It is a disgrace!

Sandra Doherty

I agree that continually putting the cost of cigarettes up & up & up is only helping the government raise revenue, it's NOT about helping people to quit. The government is acting like drug dealers who know that people will keep coming back & back & back for cigarettes because of the addiction side of smoking so they should be putting some of the revenue raised by cigarettes to help people quit if they are so worried about people smoking & want to bring down the national smoking toll. The Australian government are extremely greedy.


I lived on Norfolk Island for 6 months last year. I nearly fell over when I was asked to pay $22.50 for a 50gm pack of Champion Ruby. Why are some Australians (Norfolk Island, Christmas island, et al) exempt from the tax? Certainly not for health reasons. If one Australian is exempt, all should be. A class action is definitely needed. I'm 61 years old, and have smoked for 50 years; not so easy to give them up.


Where are the lawyers fighting this tax? The pricing is supposedly linked to health costs & yet this tax goes into general funds. What are the social implications the cost of cigarettes is causing for people on low incomes- family violence, relationship breakdowns, inability to buy sufficient food, struggling to pay bills etc. If this LEGAL product is so bad for the Australian economy why are cigarettes being sold in Australia at all?


its quite simple really a government decides weather something is legal or illegal is based solely on which way they make more money, look at alcohol the most dangerous destructive drug in the world LEGAL. Amphetamines is a performance enhancing drug no where near as lethal as alcohol & its illegal why? because the government is protecting its own investment alcohol, as the government see's it it's bad for in interstate truck driver to use meth to stop himself falling asleep behind the wheel and/or killing other road users but ok to turn a blind eye allowing the air force to give meth to pilots flying our tax paid for aircrafts for the exact same reasons as a truck driver. They the government are total hypocrites and their laws are to suit themselves, their laws are everything to do with money & nothing to do with protecting people from themselves

steff sandor was ok for the advertisers to addict us in the 60s and 70s and now we gettin punished wat a joke..and I thought it was illegal to single out and punish a minority group in this country


true i have been buying less medication as i can not affored both and my pension is only $220 per fortnight i am still pay off my oxygen concentrator as i have been refused oxygen the higher the tax the less medication i buy no choice and with all the money they a generating nothing new on the market that will help me stop so its bull shit it all about money


Have been a smoker for 50+yrs and freely admit I am totally adicted.No doubt smoke will be coming out of my coffin as they lower me into the ground,if I can afford a funeral that is. The government tobacco tax is,in my opinion as unfair as it gets, impacting the very section of the community least able to bear the burden. As a pensioner I have to go without to feed the government tax machine.
The time has come when enough is enough!
If 3 million smokers donated the price of one packet of cigarettes to a fighting fund, well thats a hellva lot of money.
This unfair tax law must be challenged in a court of law to get a definitive ruling, to reverse the crushing burden inflicted on Australian smokers.
What we need is someone with the knowledge of how to get the ball rolling and what is needed to make this work. Sadly this is way beyond my abilities but with a pool of 3 million there must be someone out there who could organize such an undertaking.
Huge job. I read with interest and great disbelief the amount we horrible smokers cost the goverment and the amount of dollars they made. Lucky old them.
Your dollars, my dollars, god knows we don't really need them. Well that much has been made obvious.
If you have acess to other forums, throw the idea out there.
Heres Hoping!


if there are taxs on tabaco why are we pay for cigaretes that are not made from tabaco ,and what the govermment doing about? if the goverment care d for the wellbeen of austalians first thing to do ivenstcate what are the cigaretes are made of

ScoMo's dealer

Give people back their freedom to carry their own responsibility instead of this illusory christian urge to punish them for a habit that was encouraged in the past. And how remarkable, that at the height of a global pandemic, the government priority was: to legalise pot – only for the ACT of course. You're invitedto come and to try out some of ScoMo's christian reserve in Canberra. But bring your own tobacco please.

Shane Taylor

I just want to be able to buy an affordable cigar that doesn't taste like ass. 1 cigar that costs $10 in the States cost's us over $50 here in Australia. The government doesn't give a rats ass about our health.


The government are a legal drug dealer that just keeps upping the price because they know that the addicts will still buy their drug
Just like heroin addicts who will rob houses to get their fix are people that would never have dreamed of doing that before they became addicted
I’m not saying smokers are going to start stealing for a cigarette but they will definitely live poorer lives going without so they can smoke
Government is addicted too, addicted to the revenue from smokers not being able to quit


Where is & why has not a "health" & "burden on the hospital budgets" tax on corporate polluters, food production for profit at the cost of top soil, toxic chemicals in every damned living thing on the planet been introduced "to lessen the burden on wtf, GDP, productivity etc"???.
The hypocrisy ive been watching for the last 30 years, let alone specific to smokers. Which ultimately is legalised mafia style business plan of human rights abuse and psychological harrassment of the mostly lower-socio-ecomic class in this nation.
Its convenient scapegoating, just as the dole-bludger propoganda is, (pandemic bought a break from that). CLASS ACTION NEEDED YES. But unlikely to happen. We're all too stressed out or busy to organise. And what law firm would bother going up against the feds for smokers, when climate warriors are lucky if an action is taken after a decade of lobbying.
I am in the sector of living on half the estimated poverty line. As is obvious, folk who are not poor, can afford to try quitting easier. Besides obvious products, affording say yoga or gym, travel to groups a few nights a week for distraction and so on.
Me, I will never be able to give up. At 62 i don't see why I should when no other aspect of destruction of the "health" & "loss of clean water" & "decimation of environment" , continues pretty much carte blanche. As the recent UN global meeting on climate mitigations showed us. Cant stop the general public from having their all their consumption cake now can we. Oh no, can't "force" "freedom nutjobs" or impinge on "the individual rights" of "consumers"….too much crap is too much cheap. Poorest person I know and I would happily have to save longer or do lay-by for a household item, if i knew it cost the environment less destruction. I am so tired of such blatant, yet never stated hypocrisy. Let alone for us fiscally poor bloody smokers. Lepers of society conveniently we are. I think I've paid enough tax, before the abject & abusive tax in recent years, over 45 yewrs of smoking to have offset any health stay in hospital anyway. Or at least much of.
I despair of choosing baccy over fresh vegetables or even driving to the coast regularly or supporting local business by buying anything other than frugal grocery. But I did not cause this. My heart goes out to you older, poorer smokers. And yes, we lot should not be forced to choose baccy over at least decent variety of foods or say supplements courses.


No where in the world this is happening. The Australian government is making a lots of money of the smokers they don't care about the health. I know I used to work for the government Hospital for 28 years. This is wrong what the government is doing Smoking is not the only thing that people are dying people are dying from all sorts. People should have a chance to enjoy their life and have a smoke or two. Smokers don't kill people on the streets. But it will be happening the government are creating a big problem in Australia but they don't have a brain to think like that. People will get robed and killed for a smoke it's a addiction you can not just quit smoking because the Government says so no we don't need dictates. I'm really worried about my children and everyone else because the Government are creating a monster and a wish I have the money to take the government to court because this for them is just a money making. 💰


smokers have a right to smoke. it improves mental health. reduces stress


This is the biggest fraud (disguised as tax) againsts citizens (smokers) of Australia. It is bias and a lucrative money grab. This is about a humans rights issue, where a government is parading very democratically, but inflicting totalitarian law.

Yes, i agree smoking is not good for you, but the treatment given to smokers is really bad, not only pocket wise, but stigma wise too. When I say "BIAS", take into account that more people die from (Sugar) diabetes related diseases than any other disease in Australia. Diabetes death, is known as the silent killer, and can affect many of your organs. Another interesting fact is that 10% to 20% of people who develop lung cancer have never smoked. What is so messed up, is that, the government is now dependant on smoker tax for the budget (cannibalisation).

The Government is responsible for creating a black market and then using resources to combat a black market (smart). I want to know why are we so bias and asking for high tax on sugar (basically all the food you eat contains sugar)? One might pose a question to government "How do we stop obesity in the country?", the government responds "let's put a high tax on all food, make is so expensive that they cannot buy it, and then increase that tax every year…yeah, that should thin them out".


The tax is bullshit let's face it, if thay actually wanted to help people quit and become healthier then all the product like patches,sprays, gums or any other method offer would be funded by PBS as trying to quit cost the same if not more to try to do so or the would outlaw it all together but hiking up the price of cigarettes and alcohol every 3 or whatever months isn't helping or stopping anything expect putting more strain on finances of those who are addicted to nicotine isn't an answer at all by doing so cause more problem and possibly more problems than the cost of health problems some may be domestic violence ( people can seriously agitated when without), community problem, stealing and it goes on

Stop the sale of cigarettes to people born after a certain example 2014 it you want cause then you'll loose all the money you gain in tax


Australia government is trying to hard we need too do our own thing !!

Adam Todd

I had a turbulent childhood.

My father died when I was five, I was subjected to child abuse and child sexual abuse, and later found out that I am autistic with ADHD.

I started smoking at eleven.
This was not an informed choice, but an emotional response to emotional pain.

I am 44 years old and, with the money I have spent on tobacco, I could have bought two houses by now.

I tried to quit SO many times in the past.
What was needed was a replacement habit and psychological help to understand why I smoke.

I switched to a vape, and managed to stop smoking for three and a half years, until the government banned me from purchasing nicotine.
I assume that this was competing with their extortion of nicotine addicts.

I now smoke again, which causes me even more financial hardship than before.
I'm on antidepressants, and I am $20,000 behind on my mortgage.

In my opinion, if the government was committed to stopping people from smoking, they would take the approach that some European countries have taken with prostitution.

In these countries it is recognised that often the sex workers are victims of circumstance.
The real problem is the people who seek to exploit them, either by acquiring their services or by profiting from the situation through "pimping".
Therefore to combat the problem, their laws do not prosecute sex workers, as it would exacerbate the personal impact on them and further fuel the problem.

Rather, they prosecute those who solicit or profit from prostitution.
This removes the demand and encourages victims to seek other paths.

The government is allowing people to profit from the trade of addiction, despair and death of its citizens, while itself benefiting from the pain of those that it purports to be helping!

I feel that if the government really cared, they would provide smokers with free alternatives and trained psychologists to SUPPORT these vulnerable people instead of trying to tear the flesh from those who are struggling to survive, like a pack of scavenging dogs.

At an environmental level, on which the government feigns genuine concern when there is money to be made, the area utilised in the growing of tobacco totals 4.3 million hectares of land.
This is equivalent to the size of Switzerland.
Land that no longer supports the native fauna and flora.
The soil is stripped of nutrients, while pesticide and fertiliser run-off pollutes the local ecology.
The curing of the tobacco leaves involves the burning of wood and coal, which increases carbon emissions and contributes to deforestation.
These emissions account for 68% of the carbon emissions attributed to the tobacco industry.

A large percentage of global tobacco workers at the lowest levels are child labourers.
Their human rights are being breached daily.
Three quarters of these children report serious negative health impacts.

All of these environmental concerns may have possibly been overlooked due to ignorance and a lack of research.

HOWEVER, how can the government claim not to understand that they are allowing companies to produce 5.89 million tonnes of vegetation with the express purpose of burning it producing 7000 different chemicals in the process.
Sixty nine of which are known to cause cancer.

84 million tonnes of carbon are produced annually through the use of tobacco products alone.

This is only the usable parts of the plants.
I couldn't find any information about the disposal of any unused portions of the crops, but it accounts for 19.44 million tonnes of solid waste per year, and any plant detritus causes carbon emissions during decomposition.

21 million tonnes of mineral oil is also consumed during the farming, processing and distribution processes.

All of this is endorsed by a government who claims they are committed to focussing on the green agenda, saving the planet and the health and well-being of the population.

In a world of affirming peoples individual truths based on equity and inclusion, I am not feeling very "seen" or "heard".
I would love to be a part of a future of people who support each other's needs instead of their infantile desires.

Stop persecuting the most vulnerable sectors of society and help them rise from the ashes.

Weak leaders who seek benefit for themselves are despised by their subjects and are destined to fall.

Societies who feel supported and loved by their leaders will always rise to defend their way of life together.

Show us some compassion, and for God's sake, stop LYING!


Antony Hall

Then these pricks will bring in a air fucking tax.Everything in this country is tax on tax on tax.First the shitheads in Canberra,the your state and territory governments,then local government,How the fuck can anyone afford to live here,except,of course,all the rich cunts the government protect.Maybe that's the plan,get rid of all the working class,But,then again,Don't they need us to keep smoking and drinking and working to fill their grubby pockets.We need a Revolution.Seems the only way these,(whatever they are)can be removed.


It still doesn't answer the question of WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT MAKE VAPING ILLEGAL if its only 12% harmful to humans in some cases and smoking is 93% harmful to humans in all cases well the ANSWER IS SIMPLE
the tax from cigarettes is 1 of the highest incomes the government makes in Australia if not nearly all of it
and vapes
0 nothing not a thing not 1 dollar so vapeing is now illegal unless you pay for a prescription from your doctor wich is taxed by the government


The brain dead government has only opened up a black market economy for tobacco and vapes!
I want to smoke stop trying to control us people the government makes it impossible for us to afford smoking 🚬 yet then let poison ☠️ soft drinks and food and vegetable oil for consumption this is what is killing people and shit pharmaceutical medicines that just masks the problems! Then puts taxes on taxes on taxes so the politicians make million's of dollars and the people go broke! If this is not corruption then I do not know what is!!!!!!!

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