With a 10 per cent increase in the cost of cigarettes, smokers in New Zealand are increasingly calling up Quitline for assistance.
Sources reveal that scores of people in New Zealand have started to quit on a yearly basis and with that the number of smokers is getting reduced. According to a latest data, last year, Quitline, the stop smoking helpline, got 63,000 calls from quit smoking enthusiasts in New Zealand.
In the first week of January 2013, above 2000 people have singed up for Quitline that helps people trigger off smoking cessation. However, 75 of these people are from New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region.
As per the government policy declared in the 2012 budget, on 1st January, the cost of cigarettes is enhanced by 10 percent. The government is raising tobacco tax every year and providing quit smoking assistance to people. The increase in tax on toabacco products is a part of the government’s plan to reduce the number of smokers.
Source: http://www.sunlive.co.nz/,Date: 10th January 2013