Not PC was wondering about whether smokers paid their way. More than.
Current tobacco tax revenues amount to approximately $1 billion per year, and have been at that level for some years. This is just under 2 percent of total tax revenues.
- Of the approximate $1.6 billion per year retail spending on tobacco products, approximately 70 percent is tax revenue, including GST as well as tobacco excises.
- Thus, the average amount spent by New Zealand’s 750,000 smokers is approximately $2,135 each per year and approximately $1,500 is tax revenue.
NZ Medical Association, Tobacco Taxation In New Zealand, November 2007
The cost of smoking-related health care to the New Zealand taxpayer is about $250 million.
The Cancer Society, Cancer Society of New Zealand Inc September 2004
(BTW I just buried my dog in the garden. She had a invasive, inoperable tumour. She never smoke or drank, ate well and exercised every day. RIP dear Griffy.)