Why are cigarettes so expensive in Australia?

Today, numerous countries are introducing various restrictions when it comes to smoking. These include banning smoking in public places, high taxes and placing graphic images of health issues related to this addiction. Some of these restrictions lead to higher cigarette prices. The average price of cigarettes in some countries is so high that it simply forces citizens to stop smoking. This is exactly what the government aims for.

If you thought that cigarettes were expensive in Western Europe, you haven’t heard of the tobacco prices in Australia! Why are cigarettes so expensive in Australia? Let’s find out.

High taxes drive up cigarette prices

According to official reports, 15,000 people die annually as a result of smoking in Australia. The country had set a goal to reduce mortality caused by smoking by 10 percent by 2018.

Today, in 2018, tobacco prices in Australia are again among the highest in the world and are significantly higher than in any European country. If you are a smoker and are getting ready for a trip to Australia, you should get some information on the smoking policy and prices in this country. The duty free customs only allow international travelers to bring 25 sticks (one packet) into the country per person over 18 years of age. If you are a citizen of Australia, the best solution is getting rid of your smoking habit.

Currently, the average price of a box of cigarettes is over 17 AUD. The reasons are hidden in Government politics, with excise on stick of cigarettes currently equal to 70 cents.

Such Government decisions are considered to be a continuation of the campaign that limited tobacco advertising, leading to a reduction in the number of smokers from 30.5 percent in 1988 to 16.6 percent in 2007.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that a new law is expected to lead to increase of tobacco prices in Australia by 12.5 percent per year over the next two years. This means that the average price will be around 40 Australian dollars in 2020!

On the other hand, these measures do show some excellent results. In a short period of time, the number of smokers in Australia has dropped significantly due to these and other severe measures. Expressed in percentages, before the introduction of these measures, about 25 percent of the population regularly smoked, while this percentage currently equals to 15 percent.

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