Stop the tobacco tax grab
Many low-income families could feed their children if tobacco taxes, which are doing the most harm financially, were wound back.
It now costs roughly $70 for a 30-gram packet of tobacco — times that by two if both parents smoke, and there goes half your grocery money for the week.
This hoha about being smoke-free by 2025 is a lot of rubbish. The instigator of this smoke-free bill is harming her people the most.
Drop the tax grab that is hurting the lower-income families.
Winston Peters' advice was that the average packet of cigarettes should cost no more than $20.