The cost of cigarettes has risen across all retailers today, the Chancellor has confirmed as part of the budget.
Duty rates on tobacco products increased by the rate of RPI inflation plus 2% as of 6pm on Wednesday, October 27. Meanwhile, the rate on hand-rolling tobacco increased by RPI inflation plus 6%, MirrorOnline reports.
RPI was previously sitting at 4.9%, which means cigarettes go up by 6.9% and rolling tobacco by 10.9%.
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This means the priciest pack of 20 cigarettes - spotted by The Mirror today - that cost £13.50 rose by 93p to £14.43. A pack that came to £12.73 jumped to £13.60.
The cheapest pack of 20 fags increased by 61p from £8.80 to £9.41, while the cost of a 30g bag of tobacco goes up 89p from £8.14 to £9.02.
Tobacco duty on smoking serves a dual purpose - to encourage people to quit and to raise cash for the Government.
It is the first time this year the price of cigarettes and tobacco have been put up by the Chancellor after being left out of the spring Budget back in March. But the cost of fags increased twice in 2020.
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The first rise came in the March Budget when tobacco duty was raised by an extra 2% above the inflation rate at the time of 1.8%.
The move added 27p to the average price of a pack of cigarettes.
Then another rise in November 2020 put a further 22p on a pack of 20 cigarettes and 65p on a 30g pack of hand-rolling tobacco.
The price of a pack of 20 cigarettes in supermarkets varies between £8.80 to £13.50.
Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group Forest, said: “Smokers are sick and tired of being targeted every year with above inflation increases in tobacco duty.
“The majority of smokers come from poorer backgrounds.
“Many have suffered financially as a result of the pandemic and should not have to face yet another increase in the cost of tobacco at a time when they can least afford it.”
A spokesperson from the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association added: “The UK Government’s own figures show that tobacco smuggling has now cost over £48 billion in lost taxes since 2000.
"Today’s duty increases will only incentivise criminals as the price gap between legitimate and illegal products grows even wider. It is vital that HMRC continues to combat the sale of illegal tobacco products."
The announcement from the Chancellor comes after menthol and flavoured cigarettes were banned last year in a bid to curb social smoking.
Menthol cigarettes were made illegal in May, along with skinny cigarettes and flavoured rolling tobacco, when the laws come into force.
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