They don’t cost £24 yet, but the plan in Australia is to keep on increasing the tax on cigarettes until they cost that pretty incredible price of £24.
Why such a steep price? Well Australia is doing a whole swathe of actions to stop people smoking.
Tobacco in Australia
- The government has committed to reduce the number of adults smoking on a daily basis to 10% by 2018
- Plain-packaging rules insist that 75% of the front of a cigarette pack is covered by a health warning, and 90% of the back
- Tobacco taxes rose 25% in 2010, and are now rising 12.5% every year
- The Tasmanian parliament has discussed a bill that would ban smoking for those born after 2000
It was five years ago that Australia became the first country to make plain cigarette packaging compulsory. Tobacco-advertising has long been banned, and now branding has too. The boxes are a drab, dark brown colour (deemed the ugliest in the world by a team of Australian researchers), they carry no logos, and graphic health warnings cover most of the front of the box. From May 2017 in the UK we will also have plain boxes with no brand advertising.