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Smokers to be hit with tax slugs

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016

Smokers will soon be slugged extra tax on cigarettes under draft laws that lift the cost to $40 a packet within four years.

Bipartisan legislation to increase the taxes passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday - after the government earlier used its numbers to cut short the debate - and will head to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

"There will be fewer young kids who take up smoking and Australia will be healthier as a result," shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh told parliament.

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