Cook Islands: Tobacco tax increase
The government is set to increase the tax on tobacco products in its next budget. Import levies on cigarettes and other forms of tobacco will increase by 33% annually over the next three years. Around 84% of all deaths on the Cook Islands are the result of non-communicable diseases, and the goal of the tax increase is to reduce cigarette consumption as well as increase long-term savings for the health ministry. Radio New Zealand International.
Date Posted: 12 June 2012