Cost of Cigarettes in New Zealand to Increase by January 2018
New Zealand’s plan to become smoke-free by 2025 includes a 10 per cent increase in cigarette and loose tobacco prices, which will be effective on Jan. 1, 2018.
Bridget Rowse, Northland District Health Board Smokefree advisor, advised smokers to consider quitting the habit to save on costs. Alternatively, those who are not yet ready to quit smoking may buy vape mods online at sellers like EasyPuff. E-cigarettes have become a popular choice for people who want to quit at slower pace.
According to Rowse, more than 250 Kiwis in Northland have quit smoking so far in 2017 through the Toki Rau Stop Smoking Services. Aside from e-cigarettes, other alternatives or products that may help you quit include nicotine patches and gum. These only contain a small amount of nicotine and manufactured without 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes.
Based on 2013 Census data, almost 20,000 people aged 15 years old and above the smoke, which accounted 19.1 per cent of the population. This exceeded the 15 per cent rate nationwide. The Ministry of Health also said that smoking among teenagers also fell by one-third since the previous year.
In 2016, there were 12,000 people between 15 and 17 years that engage in the habit. This figure has dropped to 8,000 people, according to Quitline. It also represented progress on curbing teenage smoking, as the numbers had significantly improved in the last 10 years when there were 35,000 adolescent smokers.
According to Quitline clinical director Sharryn Gannon, the average smoker starts the habit as early as 14 years old. She cited research in saying that people are likely not to smoke at all if they reach 25 years olds without lighting a cigarette.
The higher price of cigarettes in 2018 should make you think twice about quitting the habit. If it seems unlikely, many available products can help you with the process.