View Poll Results: Will you stop smoking?

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    Will you stop smoking...

    ...when the new tax rates kick-in?

    TOBACCO

    TTM lifting output aheadof tax hikes


    WICHIT CHANTANUSORNSIRI
    The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly will increase its production in hopes of increasing profits ahead of an expected excise tax hike on cigarettes. The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to increase the maximum excise tax for cigarettes to 90% of the ex-factory price or three baht per gramme of tobacco, equivalent to 60 baht per packet.

    This compares with the previous tax ceiling of 80% of the ex-factory price or 60 satang per gramme, whichever is higher.

    Existing excise taxes currently have an effective rate of 79% of the ex-factory price.

    Prapatsorn Pongpanpisal, a spokeswoman for the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, said it was expected to take several months before actual tax rates increased.

    The delay offers an opportunity for cigarette sellers to profit based on the difference between the two rates by building up their inventories of cigarettes sold under the current rate.

    Mrs Prapatsorn warned that retailers stockpiling cigarettes risked a loss of quality for their goods.

    But some sellers are expected to take the risk, given the potential opportunities to profit by an average of one baht per pack based on the difference in tax rates.

    The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly produces 105 million cigarettes per day and maintains an inventory equal to around seven to 10 days of product to meet market demand.
    Mrs Prapatsorn said the TTM planned to increase daily production to around 150 million cigarettes per day to meet higher market demand over the next several months.

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    I voted No Way, because:

    (a) Nobody's going to stop me doing anything I damn well please; and

    (b) I don't smoke anway.

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    Every once in a while I'll buy a few cigarettes at the mini-mart or sometimes a whole pack. But, a pack will last me a month or more so the cost is really not much of a concern. I haven't had one in four or five months now, but I've been thinking of indulging myself lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    I haven't had one in four or five months now, but I've been thinking of indulging myself lately.
    Whatever for?

    The only time I think about smoking is to impress some chick, but I realised a couple of purple ones is much more impressive.

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    since the beginning of this month smoking is banned in pubs and clubs in singapore.

    i am considering giving up. plus the GST increase has made a packet of cigs $11.60 (about 260 baht).

    having said that i am smoking right now.

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    I must say, if I'm reading the article right there'll be an extra Baht 60 per pack of cigs. The current price I pay for my L&M is Baht 46. That'll more than double the cost of a packet of cigs each day.

    What with that, and the fucked up dollar, I'm not sure I can afford to live any longer

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    I had heard the price would rise to 70 baht.

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    I grew up watching Marlborough commercials on TV. They were great commercials.
    Smoking is cool!

    I had to quit because I'm a wimp and not a real "Marlborough Man".
    I loved smoking camel straights, lucky strikes, gitannes.

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    ^^that's still a 74% increase on a pack mate!

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    Thai cigs are already too expensive, and my Laos brand has gone up to 12 bt/pack.
    What is the world coming to, the PC-brigade is dictating our lives!

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    Smoking is for fags!

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    ^And no butts about it!

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    William: why no option for those who have never smoked in your poll...

    just to add an extra dimension of interest...

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    TheMarlboro' Man died of Lung Cancer.

    I smoke 40 Fags a day ..I don't care if they double the prices, it will still be much cheaper than smoking in the UK.

    I will more than likely be a candidate for he same fate as the aforementioned Marboro' Man..but hey weve all got to die as something

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    Quote Originally Posted by FozzieBear
    but hey weve all got to die as something
    Surely liver disease is better than lung cancer though?

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    I smoke about 20 a month. Nice way to relax after dinner.

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    ^ what about 'herbal' cigarettes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    I smoke about 20 a month. Nice way to relax after dinner.
    lucky bastard, i smoke 20 before breakfast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimboyfat View Post
    ^ what about 'herbal' cigarettes?
    I haven't smoked pot regularly since I was 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    I haven't smoked pot regularly since I was 15.
    So your deffo not black then

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    I smoked 1 to 3 packs a day from the time I was 12 years old until 2 weeks ago when a lung infection made any longer life damn doubtful,
    I have had Emphysema for 20 years, being a heavy smoker and a welder too has taken it's toll on my lungs.
    I spent lots of money on trys to quit but none worked, this bout with lung infection did the trick as if I light one now I can't inhale any because of the coughing.
    This shit has went on for a couple of months and doctors do not seem to know here just how to figure out what is wrong and make a test to see what bugs they want to kill and which meds would be the right ones, In Thailand if you have any life threatening thing happen to you, your chances of dying are a lot better here than about anywhere else in the world. seems like they get their policemen and doctors out of the same box, neither know what their job means or how to perform it.

    So now that it is to late, I think I have finally quit..

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    When I left eh US the price of smokes was damn near five bucks. I Still smoked. I only smoke about 30 a day. Too much I only enjoy about a third of them in each day. I have been seriously considering going roll your own just so slow down and enjoy the ones I smoke. I enjoy rolling too.

    Things like this make you re-evaluate your habit. Quit? Nope. Ain't gonna happen. Maybe I'll buy some rolling tobacco, but I doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    I haven't smoked pot regularly since I was 15.
    So your deffo not black then
    Pot turns people in winging old grannies booze and speed was always my preferred mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    I smoked 1 to 3 packs a day from the time I was 12 years old until 2 weeks ago when a lung infection made any longer life damn doubtful,
    I have had Emphysema for 20 years, being a heavy smoker and a welder too has taken it's toll on my lungs.
    I spent lots of money on trys to quit but none worked, this bout with lung infection did the trick as if I light one now I can't inhale any because of the coughing.
    This shit has went on for a couple of months and doctors do not seem to know here just how to figure out what is wrong and make a test to see what bugs they want to kill and which meds would be the right ones, In Thailand if you have any life threatening thing happen to you, your chances of dying are a lot better here than about anywhere else in the world. seems like they get their policemen and doctors out of the same box, neither know what their job means or how to perform it.

    So now that it is to late, I think I have finally quit..
    What was it the Marlboro Man said? "only niggers and fools smoke"

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    I quit 14 months ago. The best thing that I ever did for my self. Most 7-11's and drug stores carry the "Chewing Gum" to aid you. If you really want to quit you can. Just make up your mind to quit and do it. You will never regret it.

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