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Date posted: 1 May 2010
The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance in the Northern Territory (AMSANT) welcomed the tax hike Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced this week to raise the tax on cigarettes by 25 per cent and to introduce generic plain packaging for cigarettes. AMSANT says Aboriginal people smoke on average two-and-a-half times more than other Australians and increased revenue from tax should be allocated to strengthen the anti-smoking Indigenous campaign. While higher prices might discourage young Indigenous people from smoking, with more appropriate funding, the Aboriginal community controlled health sector has the potential to design and develop appropriate programs and services to help the broad and diverse Indigenous community to stop smoking.