Cigarette price increase in UK

Posted On: Apr 12, 2018

Categories: News

SMOKING is almost as bad for your wallet as it is for your lungs.

By Guy Birchall The SUN

But that hasn't stopped calls for the cost of a pack of fags to go even higher in a bid to curb the number of smokers. How much does a pack of cigarettes cost in the UK? The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the UK soared to over a tenner last year. Following the budget in 2017 Philip Hammond whacked on an extra 49p to a 20 deck putting the average price at £10.40.

That meant a 20-a-day smoker keeping up their habit saw themselves an extra £178.85 out of pocket over the course of a year. Why are there calls for a price hike? Anti-smoking campaigners are calling for the price of fags to by hiked even higher still in a bid to reduce smoking levels.

Boffins claim that slapping on an extra tenner to the current price could lead to "unprecedented health gains and poverty reduction". Prof Prabhat Jha, from the University of Toronto and St Michael's Hospital, claims: "Our study debunks the current narrative that higher cigarette prices would negatively impact the poorest among us.

"This analysis shows the opposite - a higher price would encourage cessation, lead to better health, and save money much more strongly for the poor than the rich." He said his research showed taxing poor people was the best way to get them to quit, especially if it makes them prohibitively expensive.

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