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Patch's Poll: Should The Government Tax You Toward Better Health?

New Zealand has raised cigarette taxes to record highs in the hopes of getting everyone to quit smoking. Do you think government should take that role?

On Thursday, the government of New Zealand approved new cigaratte taxes aimed at being so onerous that all the nation's smokers will quit.

The government approved "a 40 percent hike in tobacco taxes over the next four years," The Associated Press reported. "Prices here are already among the highest in the world, and by 2016 they will top 20 New Zealand dollars ($15) a pack on average."

What do you think? Is this a good tactic? Or too instrusive? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Betsy W. May 29, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Isn't this already being done in CT as we speak?

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