Australia | Most Expensive Cigarettes In The World
Governments around the world have been making it harder and harder for people to fork out their hard-earned cash on cigarettes. It's not hard to understand why, considering they cause a raft of health issues like cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
But Australia is definitely leading the charge at forcing smokers to pay more, with a packet of 20 Marlboro cigarettes costing around AU$26.00, with New Zealand close in second place at AU$23.00, that's around AU$9.00 more expensive than in the UK and close to AU$18.00 more than in the US. But it appears the tide is turning in America, as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio recently jacked up the price of standard cigarettes from around AU$12.00 to AU$17.00.
If you love your smokes and want to find the cheapest place on the planet to pick up a pack, then look no further than Kazakhstan, you can buy a 20 pack of Marlboro there for just AU$1.40. Other cheapest locations include Vietnam at AU$1.45, Ukraine AU$1.50, the Philippines AU$1.65 and Pakistan AU$1.70 for a 20 pack.
On the flipside, Australia's latest federal budget showed that smokes were only going to get more expensive thanks to a 12.5 percent tobacco excise hike. So if you're planning on puffing away in the land Down Under - you might want to bring some more cash. In fact, Australia comes third in the world rankings of the most expensive nations to buy alcohol, cigarettes and drugs, with Japan and New Zealand taking the top two spots.
That's not to say that nothing is being done in the UK to curb smoking. Wales is planning to ban smoking in areas like hospital grounds and playgrounds by summer next year. It's all part of a plan to de-normalise the habit and to protect non-smokers from harmful second-hand smoke. A lot of hospitals already have no-smoking rules on their grounds, but it's hard to enforce them. Now, the Welsh Government have talked about issuing fines to anyone who breaks the new rules. It makes sense really - imagine you've been discharged from hospital, still feeling quite weak, and then you have to stroll through a cloud of someone else's cigarette smoke as you make your way to the car.
A study late last year suggested that England could be smoke-free by 2040. The study, which was carried out by Frontier Economics Research also suggested that if an extra 219,000 people were able to quit every year, then the goal of less than five percent of the population smoking could be achieved in just over a decade - by the year 2029. Much of the downturn in cigarette smoking has been attributed to many smokers replacing tobacco products with electronic cigarettes.
Nearly 3 million Britons are vaping electronic cigarette products, as UK sales of vaping products surged by 50% last year to reach £1bn (AU$1.75bn), and are on course to exceed £2bn (AU$3.5bn) by 2020. Latest evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are far safer than smoking because they don’t contain tobacco. 2017 saw the publication of the first longer term study of vaping and vaping being endorsed by British Health as a safer alternative to smoking. Another study suggested a cancer risk from vaping of about 1% of that from smoking tobacco cigarettes.
It is estimated that around 250,000 Australian smokers have now switched to electronic cigarettes. New Zealand Health have also endorsed vaping as an alternative to smoking and like the British Government are passing laws making vaping legal in NZ, Australia are still yet to join other developed countries in legalising the sale of e-liquids and e-cigarette cartridges that contain nicotine leaving Aussie vapers to shop online with overseas electronic cigarette suppliers to get their nicotine fix via e-cigs rather than with tobacco products.