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Alcohol becoming more expensive only makes them tastier, alcoholics claim

Alcohol becoming more expensive only makes them tastier, alcoholics claim

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“I will have to sell my children off. The blood shall be on the government’s hands.”

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Alcoholics and chain smokers from all walks of life in Singapore are saying that the higher taxes levied on their favourite vice will not deter them from indulging in them even more, as they get increasingly expensive to do so.

Instead, the higher costs of cigarettes and alcohol only serve to make them taste better and more precious.

One alcoholic, Lai Yam Seng, said in between hiccups: “I think the beer will taste better now that it is more expensive. Like sharks’ fin and abalone.”

“And to raise the money to feed my binge drinking, I will have to sell my children off. The blood shall be on the government’s hands.”

Cigarette smokers interviewed said they will smoke even more now given that prices are most likely to get raised again some time soon.

Cigarettes, alcohol completely sold out as S’pore announces plan to increase taxes from today

Cigarettes, alcohol completely sold out as S’pore announces plan to increase taxes from today

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Consumers snatch alcohol and cigarettes from shelves as it is every man for himself.

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All cigarettes and alcohol are completely sold out island-wide in Singapore.

Major supermarkets and mama shops have put up notices saying there are no stock left.

This after Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam delivered the Budget statement 2014 at 3.30pm in Parliament today.

He said taxes for cigarettes, and other manufactured tobacco products, will go up by 10 per cent, and liquor duties will be raised by 25 percent.

One Singaporean, Lim Kah Tor, said: “Tonight I will drink and smoke until don’t recognise house.”

 

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