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Support A Higher Tobacco Tax

Apr 26, 2008 – SCMP

I, along with 70 per cent of the population of Hong Kong, am a non-smoker and I support a higher tobacco tax.

Given the threat to health posed by tobacco, anything that can lead to fewer people smoking is an improvement.

I think a higher tobacco tax could achieve this aim. Young smokers, with only a limited amount of pocket money, would probably smoke less and some might even decide to kick the habit.

Tobacco can also exacerbate the environmental problems in Hong Kong, with so many people smoking outside.

The benefits of increasing the tax on tobacco outweigh the disadvantages and the tax should be increased as soon as possible as all Hongkongers will benefit.

Tiffany Ho Sin-yu, Lam Tin

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