New tobacco prices will take effect from 22 October, with a very slight increase for some references, according to a ministerial decision published on Sunday official newspaper. These changes have only a minor impact on the average price of a package of 20 cigarettes, stable at 7.90 euros. Average prices of other packaging are also stable, say the ministry of action and public accounts, as well as that of health in a joint statement.
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In fact, the increases are only a few cents and affect very few references. "The approved prices of packages of 20 cigarettes remain between 7.60 euros and 9.30 euros Almost half of the packages with 20 cigarettes always have a price equal to or higher than 8 euros," explains the release. As far as the standard packaging of rolling tobacco is concerned, he adds, the prices remain approved jokes of 30 grams between 9.60 euros and 11.10 euros and 70% still have a price equal to or greater than 10.40 euros.
In detail, the changes are indeed rare. For example, the 20 Marlboro Red (Philip Morris) package, which has cost 8 euros since 1 March at 7.30 euros, will keep this price, such as the Gauloises blondes package. The Lucky Strike Classic Blue will increase by 10 cents, to 7.70 euros, while the packages of Camel (without filter) remain stable at 7.90 euros. Finally, the Winfield red 20 units are also held at 7.90 euros, just like the blue winfields.
In France the tobacco industry sets sales prices, but the state can encourage increases by varying taxes, which represent more than 80% of the price. This is the sixth review of the tobacco price since the arrival of the Macron government in May 2017 after four years of stability. In order to reduce tobacco consumption, the government has planned a series of successive increases to reach a price of 10 euros per packet of 20 cigarettes by November 2020. Tobacco, which causes cancer and cardiovascular disease, kills about 75,000 French annually.
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