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Germans cut back on smoking, but spend more as prices increase

DDP/The Local · 19 Jan 2010, 09:37

Published: 19 Jan 2010 09:37 GMT+01:00

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The increase in spending is despite what appears to be a move away from expensive cigars and cigarillos during the financial crisis.

Tobacco products worth €22.8 billion retail were sold in Germany in 2009, a total sum of 1.4 percent more than in the previous year, the new Destatis figures showed.

Yet the number of taxed cigarettes dropped by 1.6 percent to €1.4 billion. The financial crisis seems to have hit the luxury tobacco market in Germany particularly hard, with the taxed sales of cigars and cigarillos down by 24.6 percent.

Meanwhile the sale of fine-cut tobacco suitable for making roll-up cigarettes rose by 11.7 percent, the figures showed.

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Sales of pipe tobacco were down by 57.2 percent, but this initially startling figure seems to have been largely generated by a change in the tax rules which put so-called pseudo pipe tobacco into the same category as fine-cut, as it is not suitable for pipe use.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

15:27 January 19, 2010 by Wabit
Exactly Small Town Boy, I think you hit the Nail right on the head!!!
15:51 January 19, 2010 by Bruno53
Hate to say this, and please excuse me if some German is offended but Hitler would have loved it! Of course I am anti-Nazi. Just being ironical.
00:41 January 20, 2010 by SmokeyOne
Crown7 sells an electric cigarette that allows smokers to get nicotine without tar and carcinogens-and NO second hand smoke.

To hell with the tax man-Crown7 is non taxable because there is no tobacco.
20:23 January 21, 2010 by wxman
What, you don't pay property taxes in Germany?? You can rest assured that it will be taxed if the government chooses to do so. If you own one, they'll tax it. Gotta make up for the lose of all that tobacco revenue, doncha know.
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