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Ottawa, Apr 16 (IBNS): There had been a decline in Tobacco's sale in Nunavut an year after a new tax was introduced in Nunavut, media reports said.
Increase in cost of one pack of cigarettes was by about one dollar after the introduction of the tax in March of 2017.
Taxes on loose tobacco and chewing tobacco increased by 20 cents a gram.
10 months following introduction of taxes in Nunavut, its tobacco sales declined two percent year-over-year.
Sales of loose tobacco declined by 29 percent, and chewing tobacco sales declined 15 percent.
"We take it as a good news story," said Daniel Young, the director of fiscal policy for the territorial government.
"The more people that we can prevent from starting to smoke, the more smokers we can encourage to smoke less, is great."
Nunavut records Canada's highest smoking rates is found in Nunavut, estimated at 62 percent in 2014 Statistics Canada data.
In 2016, an estimated nine out of 10 pregnant women in the territory smoke, according to a territorial government representative.
Anti-smoking rules, said Young caused the decline in sales of tobacco and added despite declines in sales, the government was able to collect an extra $3 million in revenue due to the tax.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)