25 Jan 2024

Health experts outraged at suggestion to freeze tobacco tax

From Checkpoint, 5:37 pm on 25 January 2024

Health experts are outraged at a minister's proposal to bring in a three year freeze on tobacco excise tax.

Associate health minister Casey Costello has sought advice on a three year freeze on the inflation adjusted tax on smoking tobacco products.

The minister says the tax affects addicted smokers who can come from lower socio economic backgrounds.

An anti-smoking advocacy group wants her to be stripped of her health duties altogether.

Jordan Dunn has the story.