Sydney, May 1 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's intentions might be noble, but he is facing the ire of the Australian working class following a whopping 25 percent increase in excise tax on tobacco.
Rudd, who has dedicatedly waged war against tobacco, is fast losing popularity for his vigourous anti-tobacco campaign.
Many vented their anger with almost 70 per cent of smokers responding to a Daily Telegraph online poll, confirming the tax would cost Rudd their vote.
However, Rudd's concern is not without reason. The numbers speak for themselves.
According to The Daily Telegraph, a 2005 survey found smoking was significantly higher among people who worked in manual labour or factories, where almost 40 per cent of labourers smoked, leading to a higher mortality rate amongst them.
Labor strategists are aware of the negative impact such a move will have on the Labor voters but feel that others who identify with the moral certitude of this policy will nullify the effects. (ANI)