The sharp rise in tobacco taxes doesn’t stop many smokers quitting. It may seem unlikely that half of smokers in the Netherlands want to quit smoking, even though they pay 60 euros per pack.
Research by reveals that only 10% of smokers would like to give up smoking at prices starting at 12 euros per packet. Maastricht University (UM).
One third of the 1500 surveyed smokers said that it was no problem to pay 6 Euros per cigarette and 4 Euros per gram for rolling tobacco. Researchers found that this not only shows how addictive cigarettes can be, but also shows how affordable they are. According to the World Health Organization, cigarettes in the Netherlands are nearly twice as cheap as cigarettes in Britain.
Increases in excise duties have the greatest effect, according to UM researcher Cloé Geboers. “People adjust their consumption when they notice the difference in price in their wallet, i.e. If something becomes more affordable. “Significant increases in excise duties are highly desirable when it comes to discouragement smoking,” she said.
The average Dutch cigarette price is now 36 cents, and cigarette tobacco 22 cents. Daily smokers are asked to quit smoking at a price between 2 and 3 euros per cigarette. Prices rise more for smugglers than for those who buy cigarettes.
The Long Fund, the Heart Foundation, and KWF are urging politicians to raise the tobacco excise tax in 2022. The Tax Plan 2022 will remain unchanged if no changes are made before December 31. This means that the Excise Duty Increase agreed to in the Prevention Agreement won’t take effect. According to the agreement, the price of a pack cigarettes can be increased further to 10 euro in 2023 by increasing excise duty.
The RIVM figures show that 11 per cent of smokers surveyed stopped smoking after the 2020 excise taxes increase. This is significantly higher than the 3 percent who quit smoking per year. The survey also revealed that 25 percent of smokers have quit smoking altogether (but this is not the case in every situation during the corona crises).
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