Call for increase on cigarette tax

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The National Council Against Smoking says it wants tax on cigarettes increased by 70% to reduce tobacco consumption and increase tax revenue.

The Council says it will propose to Treasury an increase in the prices of cigarettes to between R5 and R7 a box.

The council says there are 44 000 South African’s that die as a result of tobacco related diseases each year.

This number has not fallen over the past 10 years.

The tobacco industry is resisting a draft Tobacco Bill which will see a more significant clamp down on advertising to promote tobacco products.