Hi, I'm not too sure where to turn with this question and appreciate any advice. The question is is the government being discriminatory with its tobacco excise against lower income earners and is there anything that can be done to reduce the excise? Can the government be forced to reduce it because it unfairly targets the lower socioeconomic sector of our community? I run pro smoking lobby and receive consistent complaints about the level of tax being placed on cigarettes along with the ever increasing laws banning smoking in public and now private areas. "Where will it stop?" people ask. I'm not saying tobacco is good for you or that prohibiting smoking in some public places isn't fair and reasonable however there seems to be a level of extremism in all levels of government around smoking that, were the same laws applied to other products would be seen as discriminatory. IE: You can't eat here because you weigh 220kg. Yet obesity and diabetes is a massive problem that the government and health sector is fairly silent on. It's also felt that the second hand smoke argument is dubious with little to no proof that occasionally inhaling second hand smoke is any more dangerous than waiting for a bus on a busy corner inhaling car fumes. Forcing someone standing by themselves out from under a bus shelter into the rain because they want a smoke appears to be quite totalitarian. The question is is the government being discriminatory by allowing a highly addictive product to be sold across the country but then pricing it so high that people inevitably take money from other areas of their lives (food, clothing) to support the habit. Unfortunately it's often kids who end up suffering because the money assigned to buy them food and clothes is being eaten into by the insanely high tobacco excise combined with low wages. Is there any legal grounds under Australian Law to force the government to reverse the tobacco excise along with several other anti smoking laws and bring it in line with comparable countries? Thanks for any advice. I appreciate many here probably don't smoke..