Labor plans to charge smokers $40 for a packet of cigarettes by 2020

By Brendan Wrigley
Updated November 27 2015 - 11:21am, first published November 24 2015 - 12:30am
Calling it quits: Ballarat smoker Mick Maurer said he would kick the habit if the price of cigarettes rose to $40 a packet. Picture: Brendan Wrigley.

The Ballarat and Grampians regions would be among the hardest hit under a proposal by the federal opposition to increase the price of a packet of cigarettes to $40 by 2020.