The law that drastically increases tobacco taxes in New Caledonia has come into force. Affected by the wallet, some consumers have begun to change their habits, some of them going to vaping, in the face of this rise, which health professionals are praising.
On the morning of January 4, the price of tobacco increased from 20% to 40%. And then, traders, who passed on the increase, observed a change in behavior among some customers. «People tend to take smaller packs», relieves Alain Guirec, tobacconist of Nouméa.
According to Dass figures, New Caledonia has about 70 000 smokers over eighteen years old. That is 47% of the population. A Caledonian adult on two grid, on average, more than 250 000 F of his annual salary just for the "cigarette". Smoking also costs society. In addition to the diseases it causes and the consequences on the coffers of the Cafat, nearly 200 people die each year of tobacco. With this new increase, will the consumer stop smoking? Not sure.
This sizeable increase in tobacco taxes is hailed by health workers, as the guest of our TV news reiterated on Thursday night. «We are quite satisfied that the elected officials have seized the problem, said the Dr. Bertrand Mellin. Among the good ways to stop smoking, there is the price, the dematerialization of packages, and then the regulation of sales sites», listed this specialist in diseases of the respiratory system, interviewed by Nathalie Daly.
Will e-cigarette sales benefit from this rise in the price of tobacco? It was the trend, the day of the repercussion on prices. Specialty stores have seen many customers discover "vaping".
Is the electronic cigarette a good way to stop smoking? Nathalie Daly asked the question to the TV news guest. She is one of them, answered the Dr. Mellin: «It allows to relay the gesture with a less toxic product. [The vaping] is significantly less dangerous: in tobacco smoke, there are more than 4000 different chemical substances, at least half of which are extremely dangerous.»
The ideal being not to smoke at all! «But the vaping can be a definitive help for weaning, says the specialist. The danger is to enter the system by the electronic cigarette. And the tobacco sellers understand it. They know that eventually they will sell much less tobacco and they target the electronic cigarette to induce new customers. ".
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