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Pack of cigarettes to cost more than €5

The Local · 30 Dec 2011, 09:04

Published: 30 Dec 2011 09:04 GMT+01:00

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New year resolutions to give up smoking could be strengthened on January 1 when prices rise due to a increase in the tobacco tax of between four and eight cents per pack. And cigarette makers are passing the increased costs directly onto their customers.

Reemtsa/Imperial Tobacco said it would also be rounding the price up on its brands which include West, JPS, Gauloises, Davidoff and Peter Stuyvesant. Industry insiders say other manufacturers will also increase their prices, bringing the cost of a pack of 19 top brand cigarettes over the €5 mark.

British American Tobacco, which makes Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes, has said it would not be increasing its prices at the start of the year. The picture for rolling and pipe tobacco is mixed, with some firms planning to hike prices and others not.

The tobacco tax is due to increase by between four and eight cents a year until 2015.

Cigarette advertising is also likely to be further restricted in 2012, with a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection saying this week that plans were being drawn up to remove it from cinemas and from posters. The distribution of free cigarettes as part of marketing campaigns will also be banned. Tobacco advertising is already banned from printed media and the internet in Germany.

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16:13 December 30, 2011 by storymann
It is difficult to argue against an increase in tax.Smoker related illnesses are costly to the health system, especially here in a country that has socialized medicine.

The people that smoke will buy the cigarettes anyway, and a large portion of smokers are in the lower income bracket. The increased cost will come out of their family bugget ,hopefully not a problem for the children.

Does anyone remember the US president that quit smoking in office?? and when asked if he would ever smoke again he said "I do not know about that but what I do know is I will never quit again.
16:45 December 30, 2011 by Wobinidan
It's funny when people say that smokers cost too much money, yet when people ask if smoking should be banned, they say they bring too much money in revenue.

You do realise that argument doesn't make sense, right? You really just want to have a good old moan.
17:36 December 30, 2011 by carlm
Thank God we've got others, like government and storymann to protect us from ourselves. If only we could all be so perfect.
19:27 December 30, 2011 by storymann
carlm hey relax it is just a comment nothing more you don't have to like it or agree with it so why the sarcasm??
12:50 December 31, 2011 by mos101392
If the German government is concerned about everyone's health, they should ban tobacco along with American beef. My God, can you imagine a German/European smoking a cancer stick after eating a steak that was bread with all those nasty American hormones. But filling ones lungs with tar, nicotine, radium, lead 210, and polonium 210-which are known radioactive carcinogens cannot be as harmful as those nasty American hormones they feed their cattle.
14:16 December 31, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Actually, the assumption that smokers cost the state more are largely false. There was a series of studies done in France not too long ago, that took a careful look at how smokers weigh on the healthcare system, versus how the average shorter lifespan effects the retirement system. The end result quit clearly showed that smokers end up costing the state less, because their shorter lifespan more than made up for their more extensive healthcare costs.

This isn't an argument in favor of smoking, of course, but the notion of having to tax smokers because they "cost more" is complete bullocks. They are actually more profitable to the state. These taxes, in the end, are just about placing taxes in places where people are less likely to be upset about them.
20:49 December 31, 2011 by heyheyhey
If ALL costs associated with a smoker were tallied there would be no cost saving. These studies omit a very significant cost, that being the costs of exposure to second-hand smoke by family members for example, problems associated with low birth weight babies, costs associated with asthma and upper respiratory infections in family members exposed to smoke, the effects of smoking upon the cardiovascular system of children exposed to smoke, lung cancer due to second hand smoke, etc etc.

Then, add to this the cost of home fires due to smokers falling asleep with lit cigarettes........

Smoking costs do NOT only impact the state.

And yes,smokers do need to be protected from themselves as Addicts make stupid choices.

I am forever grateful that 30 years ago my physician said to me "find yourself another doctor. I will not continue to help you kill yourself with cigarettes. Every time I write a prescription so that you can feel better, I am implicitly telling you to keep smoking."

That slap in the face got my attention, and did, in fact, protect me from myself.

I quit smoking.
06:07 January 2, 2012 by MichaelMolenaar
This is wrong. It damages business and individual choice.
14:56 January 4, 2012 by willowsdad
I guess they did a through study and found that the opportunity for black market smuggling and tobacco tourism provided by the eastern and southern borders were negligible...
17:13 January 9, 2012 by heyheyhey

The choice to increase the tax should not be determined by your concerns about black market smuggling and tobacco tourism. And if it damages tourism, so be it.

As for it restricting free choice? Pay the cost, if you decide to smoke or keep smoking.

My coworker stopped smoking 4 years ago. His wife would not quit. His wife just had a stroke due to arterial occlusion of 100% and 90% in her caratid arteries. Guess what she finally decided? Yes, she will stop smoking. It is quite interesting that people continue to argue for cheap smokes, they bitch and complain about anyone setting any limits or restrictions on where and when they smoke.......all the while denying the absolute danger of sucking on these toxic smoke stacks.

Denial is quite wonderful, until reality kicks you in the ass!
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