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There's no doubt in my mind, that in 50 years, when I'm an old man, I will still be listening to debates about debt and taxes when I turn on the news. The pundits will still be arguing between themselves about what sort of new tax is required in order to keep the government afloat. In Australia we already have the highest cigarette prices in the world because of taxes. The empathetic part of your brain may be thinking "that's great, lives will be saved", but it's a very slippery slope.
The government is now seriously considering putting a tax on sugary drinks in order to reduce obesity. A similar tax has also been proposed by some U.S. politicians and the UK recently introduced a tax on sugary drinks (not surprising). Once a tax on sugary drinks becomes a normal thing, then they will move onto fatty foods. Before you know it, any type of food considered to be unhealthy in any way will be taxed, and it wont just be food, all aspects of unhealthy living will be taxed.
Of course they wont tax those things to make society better, they just know that if they tax those types of things people will be much less likely to challenge those taxes because they are implemented under the guise of morality. Who wouldn't want to decrease obesity right? If you're against that then you must be some delusional fool and therefore nobody should listen to you. This is exactly the same type of logic used to justify ever increasing cigarette taxes.
Budget 2016: $40 cigarettes will force smokers into black market claims tobacco industry
A packet of cigarettes can cost as little as 20¢ in China and a shipping container load costing $200,000 in Asia can make $4-$5 million for smugglers in Australia, according to the tobacco industry.
The government acknowledged the threat of black market cigarettes in the budget, with a $8 million to expand the "tobacco strike team" operated by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Offences under the Customs Act and Excise Act will also be strengthened.
At $40 a pack, tobacco by weight is heading towards being a comparable cost to illicit substances such as marijuana.
originally posted by: Snarl
Depends on how high the tax is.
I quit smoking because the price of cigarettes went stoopit.
That one was a steady rise in temperature and the frogs really didn't take notice.
Labor aware cigarette price rise to $40 a packet will hurt poor people, Chris Bowen says
The Labor Party announced earlier that, if elected, it would gradually increase tax on cigarettes, continuing beyond 2017.
"Poor people do smoke more, poor people die earlier," Mr Bowen said.
"That is unacceptable to us in the Labor Party, peoples' wealth is leading to lower life expectancy right across the country.
"There is a number of reasons why that is the case, but smoking is up there as a cause for people who are on low incomes dying earlier than people on high incomes.
"That is offensive to us as the Labor Party. This is a measure which will make a contribution to doing something about that."
The point I'm making is, you cannot change the nature of a man by simply increasing prices, people will find a way to live an unhealthy life style if that's what they desire.
14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here's What Portugal Looks Like
Fourteen years after decriminalization, Portugal has not been run into the ground by a nation of drug addicts. In fact, by many measures, it's doing far better than it was before.
Drug use has declined overall among the 15- to 24-year-old population, those most at risk of initiating drug use, according to Transform.
There has also been a decline in the percentage of the population who have ever used a drug and then continue to do so
Shocking Statistics That Illustrate Australia's Obesity Problem
Australia, we are overweight. Alarmingly so. Worse, we are getting fatter.
In 2014-2015, a staggering 63.4 percent of Australian adults were overweight or obese -- well over half of our nation's population. That's almost two in three adults. This is an increase from 1995, which was 56.3 percent, illustrating that the problem is getting worse.