Several friends who have given up smoking did so when the price went up.
Tariana Turia wants the price to go even further.
That will no doubt deter some smokers and prevent some from starting, but there is a limit to the effectiveness of price rises.
If the price goes up too high for legal purchases it provides an incentive for illegal ones.
In Australia there is already a booming criminal market for tobacco and the same thing could happen here if the price goes too high.
Tobacco can grow in New Zealand and we’ve got a long coastline which would help smugglers.
I don’t like smoking. But the temptation to tax tobacco too highly must be tempered by the knowledge that there comes a point at which the high price stops working as a deterrent. Instead it just makes smuggling and illegal growing sufficiently lucrative to be worth the risk of getting caught.