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article imageGovernment subsidy on cigarettes in Cuba to end

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 26, 2010 in Politics
The Cuban government announced that the state-subsidy on cigarettes for those 55 or older will be discontinued this fall.
Older citizens are able to purchase four packs of cigarettes each month for about 25 per cent of the usual price, but this will stop in September.
"I'm insulted because it's another thing they are taking away from us," BBC News reported 64-year-old Angela Jimenez, as saying.
The woman, who gets a monthly pension of about $10 (£6.50), said that she will have to quit smoking because she won’t be able to afford 33 cents per pack.
It was reported that some non-smokers had been purchasing the subsidized cigarettes and re-selling them.
President Raul Castro is making attempts to cut government spending. Earlier this month he said the state budget was overloaded.
The government-run Granma newspaper called the move "part of the steps gradually being applied to eliminate subsidies."
Subsidies on chickpeas, potatoes and sugar have already been removed.
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