• Germany edition
 
Smoking rules start to stub out the cigs
Photo: DPA

Smoking rules start to stub out the cigs

Published: 22 Jan 2013 07:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2013 07:25 GMT+01:00

New figures from the Federal Statistics Office show that 82.4 million legal cigarettes were puffed away in Germany in 2012, nearly six percent fewer than in 2011. Back in 2000 the number smoked was 140 million.

Yet smokers are not simply turning to smuggled cigarettes, the association of cigarette manufacturers said this week, adding that the share of illegal smokes was down somewhat, to around 20.6 percent of the total.

Taxes on cigarettes and tobacco have been increased three times since the start of 2011 - now adding up to €3.68 of the price of a €5 pack.

The industry has also been placed under tight advertising restrictions which ban for example, the description "light" on cigarette packaging.

The success in reducing smoking rates and levels has cost the federal government dearly - its income from tobacco taxes dropped by nearly two percent to €14.13 billion.

DAPD/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:50 January 22, 2013 by mits
Certainly i dont see the mass less smoking. On the contrary i've seen an increased number of smoking people. I feel sorry for the kids here who start smoking at very early age. I see them everywhere from bus stops to outside shops, cafes, malls, etc..Oh to add the fact that there are glorious ad campaigns by the tobacco industry aimed at younger gen to take up smoking and be cool...
10:45 January 22, 2013 by raandy
The no smoking ban that passed a few years ago lacks enforcement.

I use to frequent an Irish pub but the owner at 10PM would go around and pass out ashtrays to the patrons, and the air would become intolerable for a non smoker. My Q to get out of Dodge.
11:48 January 22, 2013 by pepsionice
I doubt very seriously that smoking has curtailed. People simply smoke out of sight. As for illegal smokes brought into the country....the customs people can only estimate that they are effective, but they really aren't that sure. And you can bet at 4AM in the morning....there's probably five hundred cars hustling smokes into the country to sell without the tax.
13:17 January 22, 2013 by iseedaftpeople
well it's good to see that Germans are becoming more healthy.
13:19 January 22, 2013 by Englishted
If you pay duty on goods bought in another E.U. country you can bring them into the country ,this rule does not apply to tobacco or alcoholic drinks ,Why not ?,

when you are stopped entering a country (U.K. as well ) and these goods are removed from you it is a breech of E.U. regulations yet strangely enough these rules are just ignored isn't that a surprise.

A free market my a..e.
13:36 January 22, 2013 by jg.
@Englishted "If you pay duty on goods bought in another E.U. country you can bring them into the country ,this rule does not apply to tobacco or alcoholic drinks ,Why not ?"

It does apply to drinks and tobacco - cigarettes smuggled to Germany are likely to have been smuggled from outside the EU, maybe from eastern Europe or Turkey.

"when you are stopped entering a country (U.K. as well ) and these goods are removed from you it is a breech of E.U. regulations yet strangely enough these rules are just ignored isn't that a surprise."

UK HMRC have been fined on several occasions (i.e. the UK taxpayers have been fined) for not following single market rules. When taking tobacco or alcohol into the UK from another part of the EU, you are not required to pay any duty nor are there any limits, IF THEY ARE FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE. It is not up to you to prove that they are for your own use, it is for the HMRC to prove that they are not i.e. they have to catch you selling them later. If they confiscate the goods (and impound the vehicle in which they were transported), you can require restitution and payment of your costs. If you have any trouble, ask them if they fancy another 2 million pound fine. Remember that there are some places that are outside the EU but are part of EU member states e.g. Jersey, Tenerife, etc. - single market rules do not apply to them.
17:07 January 22, 2013 by Englishted
@jg.

So I should be able bring tobacco to Germany from Luxemburg ,but you can't without trouble at the customs ,and next time I go to the U.K. I can fill the car ,

and have no trouble ,you are correct in everything you say but and it is a big BUT somebody should tell the police and customs.

Funny I don't expect there is a problem taking goods from a high tax country to a lower one ,don't remember ever being checked going from the U.K. back to mainland Europe do you ?.

I was only pointing out the hypocrisy with which tobacco and alcohol are treated.

Something to do with the massive tax one would think.
18:12 January 22, 2013 by zeddriver
You should see the folks in my small village that come into the bakery. Most leave with an armful of fags and a cup of coffee.

I guess they didn't see the memo about cutting back.
Today's headlines
Refugee Crisis
Now Berlin turns to tents to house refugees
A refugee protests on the roof of the former Gerhart Hauptmann School in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Now Berlin turns to tents to house refugees

Berlin has turned to huge tents and shipping containers to shelter growing numbers of refugees. With winter approaching, city politicians have called on the federal government for help. READ  

Ludwigshafen explosion kills one, injures 11
A firefighter at the scene of the explosion on Thursday afternoon. Photo: DPA

Ludwigshafen explosion kills one, injures 11

UPDATE: One person has died and at least 11 others are injured after a huge explosion in western Germany on Thursday. READ  

Clueless Merkel forgets the F-word
Merkel suffers from Wortfindungsstörung at the IT summit in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

Clueless Merkel forgets the F-word

Angela Merkel's government is often criticized for its lack of understanding of all things digital and an appearance by the chancellor in Hamburg, which was supposed to change those perceptions, has only made things worse. READ  

Greenpeace finds danger in kids clothes
Photo: DPA

Greenpeace finds danger in kids clothes

Research released on Thursday by environmental group Greenpeace showed that more than half of clothing sold by German discount brands contain chemicals known to be dangerous to health and the environment, with items from Aldi being the worst offenders. READ  

Woman sues for accidental pot raid
Photo: DPA

Woman sues for accidental pot raid

A Bavarian woman is suing police for unlawful search after a reported break-in at her home led authorities to discover 158 cannabis plants in her basement. READ  

Germany lags in permits for non-EU migrants
Photo: DPA

Germany lags in permits for non-EU migrants

Germany gave out fewer residency permits last year per head to non-EU citizens than any other major European economy. READ  

Hamburg volunteers test Ebola vaccine
Hamburg's UKE has helped lead the fight against Ebola. Photo: DPA

Hamburg volunteers test Ebola vaccine

Volunteers have rolled up their sleeves for the first phase of the human trial for an Ebola vaccine at the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Clinic (UKE), it was announced on Wednesday evening. READ  

US adds voice to chorus telling Germany to spend
Jacob Lew and Sigmar Gabriel. Photo: DPA

US adds voice to chorus telling Germany to spend

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, in a meeting on Wednesday with German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, called on Germany to boost public spending to stimulate stuttering eurozone growth, the Treasury said. READ  

Man leaps with son, 5, from third-floor window
Schönhauser Allee in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Man leaps with son, 5, from third-floor window

A father and his young son are in serious condition after police and firefighters were called to their home in northeast Berlin early on Wednesday morning. READ  

North braces for storms and floods
Cars waiting to be loaded onto the ferry at Bremerhaven, Lower Saxony, were caught in flooding on Wendnesday. Photo: DPA

North braces for storms and floods

UPDATE: The remnants of hurricane Gonzalo have drifted across the Atlantic and are now threatening North German cities with flooding, forecasters warned on Wednesday. The news followed a night of accidents caused by heavy winds in southern Germany. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Gallery
PHOTOS: Huge explosion rocks Ludwigshafen
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
Which high school cliche is your German city?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Storm hits southern Germany
Sponsored Article
An international school unlike any other : School on the Rhine
Photo: Fitzpatrick family
Society
'We still don't know what happened to Matthew'
Photo: Mariana Schroeder
Munich
Special Report: Hope and chaos at Munich's refugee shelters
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Robbers blow up Berlin bank
Photo: DPA
Culture
Can you top our history quiz leaderboard?
Photo: Facebook
Society
German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
Photo: DPA
Politics
UKIP ‘seeks EU pact’ with German satirical party
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,523
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd