Tobacco tax may be raised by 40 percent in the upcoming budget. A 39-dollar pack of cigarettes could cost 49 dollars in future.
The government thought that it’s an effective way to encourage smokers to give up smoking. Actually, there are pros and cons in this measure.
There are some advantages in it. Some smokers would rather give up smoking because of the high cost on buying cigarettes. And then it is about the toxic chemical that is released by burning cigarettes. Reducing harmful smog can help to improve Hong Kong’s environment. Most importantly, this measure can prevent both active and passive smokers from the harm of smoking.
On the contrary, some people thought the idea of increasing the tax would encourage cigarette smuggling. Moreover, the smokers will have difficulties in quitting smoking. For the smokers who are low-incomers, this measure will increase their financial burden.
In conclusion, one of the objectives of the measures is to discourage smoking. Although there are some negative effects in it, I would like to applaud the measure enforced by the government as it can help the smokers give up smoking. In order to get a healthy body and build up a beautiful city, I hope the smokers can quit smoking as soon as possible.