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    Why is tobacco legal?

    A fantastic piece from Sun News that explains in terms everybody can understand why tobacco has never been banned...

    Smoking truths : News : SunNews Video Gallery

    What I found most interesting myself was the comment that tobacco taxes in Canada raised around $9 billion. Now Australia's government got around $7 billion last year.

    Canada's population: 34 million (or ~ $265 per person)
    Australia's population: 22 million (or ~ $318 per person)

    EDIT: Another great video from Sun News about smoking bans:

    http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/1603575781001
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    Read Why is Tobacco Legal? in the What's New? and came here to say exactly what you did. Stinks doesn't it?

    Spoke to somebody in a tobacco shop a few years ago. They told me that the packet of cigarettes cost about 20 cents to produce, the retailer got about the same amount per pack and the government took the rest.
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    I was in California about 2 years ago and got chatting to the owner of a small convinience store. When I told him how much a pack of smokes was in Australia he almost fell of his chair (literally). His response was something like "if a pack of smokes ever reached $10 here they'd be a fcuking rebellion."

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    On a cruise late last year I bought 2 cartons of 250 cigarettes for $39

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    yeh, biased opinion perhaps.
    a 2007 price breakdown i found put duty at 53.4%, retail margin 13.5%, gst 9.1%, cost 24%.

    so it may cost them 20c to make a packet but they sell it for a few bucks at the very least.

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    I'm curious to hear your opinion on this one Stoney:

    Biased, in what way?

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    tobacco shop owner feeling ripped off by his/her lot in life.
    mutter mutter bloody taxes.
    mutter bloody tobacco companys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundasleep View Post
    I was in California about 2 years ago and got chatting to the owner of a small convinience store. When I told him how much a pack of smokes was in Australia he almost fell of his chair (literally). His response was something like "if a pack of smokes ever reached $10 here they'd be a fcuking rebellion."
    A pack of cigarettes in New York City costs about $13 (USD) per pack. Robbery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnt_wick View Post
    A pack of cigarettes in New York City costs about $13 (USD) per pack. Robbery.
    thats cheap compare here in oz...

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    Maybe I didn't make my previous post clear.

    On the ship I bought 2 cartons of B&H cigarettes. The total cost of the two cartons together was $39 i.e., $19.50 a carton, not a packet. The tobacco shop on the ship would still have been making a profit.

 

 
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