France to Raise Price of Cigarettes in Three Years
France to Raise Price of Cigarettes in Three Years

France to Raise Price of Cigarettes in Three Years

France to Raise Price of Cigarettes in Three Years

France will raise the price of cigarettes to €10 ($11.4) a pack within three years, the health minister said on Thursday, confirming a strategy that will push tobacco costs to among the highest in Europe.
At present, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs roughly €7 ($8) in France, well below the roughly €10 charged in Britain and Ireland, The Independent reported.
 “France is one of the slowest learners in the world on smoking,” the minister, Agnes Buzyn, said. “Big price rises will be needed to have an impact on public health.”
Buzyn told RTL radio station that smoking rates in Britain had dropped from around 30% to 20% over the past decade as the government pursued a policy of hefty price hikes, while the smoking rate was still around 30% in France.
The new government of centrist President Emmanuel Macron has announced several high-profile healthcare targets including the extension of compulsory vaccination, fuller public cover of the costs of dental care and eye glasses, and tobacco tax hikes.
World Health Organization figures say the number of French smokers is roughly 50% higher than in Britain, where 19% of adults, or about one in five, smoke.


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