Higher fees, less hours to sell tobacco proposed for ACT

The ACT Government is considering a big hike in licence fees to sell tobacco, suggesting fees could be doubled or more this year, with substantial increases each year to follow.

 

It is also considering limiting the number of shops that can sell cigarettes, perhaps just two shops per suburb, and restricting the hours between which cigarettes can be sold.

 

The government has called for feedback on a suite of ideas aimed at reducing access to cigarettes and encouraging people to give up smoking, with comments invited till May 12 at the Time to Talk website.

 

And newsagents are already saying they will be unfairly hit.

 

Tobacco sales make up anything from 15 per cent to as much as 30 or 40 per cent of newsagents' business, Newsagents Association of NSW and the ACT chief executive Chiang Lim said.

 

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