The price of a pack of cigarettes will rise even more

The measure was expected, it is confirmed. After two years of stability, the price of pack of cigarettes “it will increase like inflation,” Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on RMC/BFMTV, before the presentation of the 2023 budget proposal. “I can confirm that the price of the package […] It will go up like inflation. It would be quite paradoxical if the increase in cigarettes were less than inflation”, it would mean that “eventually, relatively, the price would go down”, he said. “Given the impact of tobacco on health, I think it would be more understandable and therefore, in fact, we have planned to index the price of a pack of cigarettes to inflation”, according to the Prime Minister.

On Friday, Les Echos had indicated that the government was considering indexing excise taxes on tobacco to inflation, that is, an increase of 70 euro cents on the price of cigarette packs, according to a figure from the economic newspaper. Asked about the issue, government spokesman Olivier Véran then referred to the presentation of the Social Security Financing Bill (PLFSS). “That’s where the ads will come in,” he said. To reduce tobacco consumption, the government has raised taxes periodically, since 2018, reaching a price of 10 euros per pack of 20 cigarettes in November 2020. A tax freeze was then carried out in 2021 and 2022.

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