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New Zealand’s government is taking drastic measures to wipe out smoking by 2025: cigarettes could cost $80 a pack in eight years.3News, based in New Zealand, obtained a Ministry of Health document that suggested the outrageous hike would be most affective at getting people to quit.
The document says that if prices were to increase to NZ$100, or $80 here, then citizens would stop smoking.
According to the document, New Zealand wants to lead the world in tobacco control.
Here’s a chart showing the government’s projections for how increased prices and anti-smoking marketing would lead to more people quitting:
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