Tobacco prices have risen sharply in the Netherlands this year. In July 2020, the price for smoking products was 19 percent higher than in the same month last year, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports Tuesday.
The price differences are mainly the result of two excise increases earlier this year.
In April, for example, the price of a pack of cigarettes was increased by 1 euro. The increase in excise duty followed the increase of 14 euro cents earlier this year and also applies to other tobacco products.
In July 2020, the price for a pack of cigarettes was 15.7 percent more expensive than a year earlier, while the price of rolling tobacco rose by no less than 27.3 percent. Cigars have to be paid 4.2 percent more than last year.
A new increase of another 12 cents is planned for January 1, 2021, after which the price of a pack of cigarettes in 2023 should reach an amount of 10 euros.