Assistant manager of The Tobacco Station in East St, Alan Cranston shows off the sign promoting his campaign to stop tax increases on tobacco products. Photo Chris Schwarten / Morning Bulletin
Assistant manager of The Tobacco Station in East St, Alan Cranston shows off the sign promoting his campaign to stop tax increases on tobacco products. Photo Chris Schwarten / Morning Bulletin Chris Schwarten

Smoker and assistant manager petitions to stop higher taxes

LIKE most smokers, Alan Cranston knows the physical side effects of smoking tobacco.

But it's the financial side effects that are really concerning the Rockhampton man now.

The assistant manager of The Tobacco Station on East St has started a petition calling for the Federal Government to stop increasing the tax on tobacco products.

"We all know smoking is bad for you but so is alcohol and fast food," he said.

"But we are the ones who keep getting hit by the government with tax hikes because they know at the end of the day it's an addictive habit and people are still going to pay their prices."

Mr Cranston, who started smoking in his teens, started the petition in the store a week ago and said he had already had 340 signatures.

"I'd say about 90% of the people who have come into the store have signed it," he said. "And while a lot of them are smokers, there have been a good number of non-smokers who have signed it because they understand the issue and its effects."

Mr Cranston said while the Tobacco Station was the only store in Rockhampton conducting this petition, he had been in contact with other tobacconists and pubs to get them on board the campaign.

 

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