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Government 'crack' down on dairy robbers ignores police advice

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If the Government was serious about tackling drivers of the spike in dairy robberies, it would listen to Police and put a halt on the tobacco tax excise tax escalator that's driving thugs to target tobacco retailers.

In response to today's front page splash in the New Zealand Herald, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers' Union said: "Police have been telling the Government for years that high tobaccos taxes are driving the product into the hands of criminals, with dairy owners being violently targeted as a result."

"With electronic-cigarettes now a healthier alternative to smoking and tobacco taxes already recouping three times the health costs of smoking, the Government should put a halt to the annual increases in tobaccos tax until diary owners can feel safe conducting business."

"If the tobacco tax hikes were working to significantly reduce smoking rates, maybe the trade-off would be worth it. But the higher taxes are having less and less of an effect, and are likely to do more harm than good for the community."

The next 10% increase in tobacco tax comes into effect on 1 January 2018.

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