Smokers have new reason to kick the habit as tobacco tax increase rings in today

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Smokers have an extra incentive to quit the habit in 2018 as a 10 per cent hike on the tobacco tax comes into force today.

Woman holding a lit cigarette.

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The increase is the second of four which will be repeated every year until 2020.

The average packet of cigarettes will now cost around $30.

Roughly 15 per cent of New Zealanders are estimated to smoke daily.

Quitline is expecting the number of calls to double over the New Year period due to the price increase and people wanting to quit the habit part of their new year's resolution. 

"We know tax increases get people's attention and motivates them to want to quit. The biggest thing we can do is keep your quit attempt alive," Quitline CEO Andrew Slater says.

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