This news talks about some smokers who objected to rising tobacco tax, which was decided by Tsang Chun Wah in his budget on Wednesday, because they think this is not fair for them.
I think increasing tobacco tax is not the way to reduce smokers in Hong Kong. Increasing tobacco tax will raise their financial burden. However, they won’t stop smoking. They would rather buy their cigarettes on the black market. As you know, buying cigarettes on the black market is illegal. Also, the quality of the cigarettes is very bad. If the smokers consume it, it will negatively affect their health.
Were I the financial Secretary, o would combat against the black first. Having no ways to but illegal cigarettes, the smokers will be forced to buy the expensive one. Then, they will think it is not worth spending money on smoking. As a result, they will consider quitting it.
Smoking is a big problem; it not only affects the smokers’ health, but also wastes their money. Also, it will affect the people around them. Had the smokers quitted it by themselves, the government would not have increased the tobacco tax.
What’s more, I think the government should put more resources in helping the smokers to quit smoking. It’s more effective than increasing the tobacco tax, isn’t it?
To sum up, I disagree with government’s act of increasing tobacco tax and I think the government should put more resources in helping the smokers to quit smoking