25 Jan 2024

Cigarettes could be insulated from inflation under NZ First

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 25 January 2024

Cigarettes would be insulated from the full impacts of inflation under a proposal from New Zealand First Minister Casey Costello.

Currently tobacco excise is increased each year in line with the Consumer Price Index, or CPI.

RNZ understands that the Associate Health Minister is proposing a three-year freeze on CPI-related excise increases for smoked tobacco.

Investigative Journalist Guyon Espiner spoke to Corin Dann.