Smokers feel the pinch: Pack of cigarettes goes up to £13.60 TODAY


Smokers feel the pinch: Pack of cigarettes goes up by 88p to £13.60 TODAY after Chancellor hiked tobacco tax

  • Budget’s tax on tobacco means price of the cheapest pack will jump by 66p
  • People have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration at the new tax rise
  • But taxes on some alcoholic drinks such as prosecco and cider were lowered 










A pack of cigarettes now costs more than £13 after the Chancellor decided to increase tobacco tax.

The most expensive 20-pack jumped by 88p to £13.60 while the cheapest pack rose by 63p to £9.73. 

People have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration, with one branding the cost ‘ridiculous’.

The most expensive 20-pack jumped by 88p to £13.60 while the cheapest pack rose by 63p to £9.73

Others pointed out that the price of cigarettes had been hiked while at the same time taxes on some alcoholic drinks such as prosecco and cider were lowered. 

Another wrote: ‘So the cost of cigarettes is rising again. Let’s not pretend this is about health. Fact of the matter is even after taking into account how much the NHS spend on smoking related illness and disease the UK government make almost 15 billion pounds each year’.

Amanda Wardlaw tweeted: ‘Have no idea what price my fags are and am no looking forward to finding out’. 

A 20 pack of cigarettes now costs more than £13 after the Chancellor decided to increase tobacco tax

A 20 pack of cigarettes now costs more than £13 after the Chancellor decided to increase tobacco tax

Hand-rolling tobacco will increase by RPI plus 6 per cent meaning a 30g bag will now cost over £9.02

Hand-rolling tobacco will increase by RPI plus 6 per cent meaning a 30g bag will now cost over £9.02

People have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration, with one user branding the higher cost 'as ridiculous'

People have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration, with one user branding the higher cost ‘as ridiculous’

Duty rates on all tobacco products will increase by the Retail Price Index measure of inflation plus 2 per cent, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced.  

Hand-rolling tobacco will increase by RPI plus 6 per cent meaning a 30g bag will now cost over £9.02.

The minimum excise tax will go up by RPI plus 3 per cent. The changes came into effect at 6pm last night.

Ministers hope that the move will reduce the number of people smoking.



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