billgates:gehenna: Can't wait till smokes are banned completely.
it will never happen. one of the highest sources of income for govt and few other reasons like 'how do you help chain smokers give up without nictoine'
Not sure what the current figures in NZ are, but I remember reading a few years back that the total revenue (duty, GST, tax on tobacco company profits, etc) the Australian government received from the manufacture and sale of all tobacco products exceeded the Australian national health bill.
On that basis, the government
(a) can't really afford to ban the sale of tobacco products
(b) is two faced when it claims it wants people to give up smoking and yet spends a pitifully small amount of the govt tobacco related revenue on anti-smoking campaigns.
I'd also point out that prohibition in the USA didn't stop alcohol, so what chance stopping tobacco ?