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A new global survey of smokers just released from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, has found that 36% of New Zealand smokers admit to spending money on tobacco that they know ‘would be better spent on household essentials like food’.

Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Sadly, this finding is no surprise. Because tobacco is addictive, smokers are likely to respond to tax hikes by cutting back on other parts of their grocery bills. [...]