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Changes in cigarette prices? Price increase is only apparent

Changes in cigarette prices? Price increase is only apparent Although at first glance the price of a pack of cigarettes in the last twenty years rose dramatically (from an already unbelievable 18 crowns in 1991 to approximately 80), if the prices we relate to the amount of the average salary at the time, we find that they are in actually getting cheaper. How is this possible?

The world is watching

Details of the Czech cigarette prices published by scientists from the University of Bath in the UK who have chosen our country as an example of a country that due to the strong tobacco lobby successfully resists all serious attempts to limit smoking.

This study covers only the period from 1991 to 2008, in which it is clearly seen that the economic availability of a pack of cigarettes for the average Czech gradually "improved".
While in 1991 we purchased "twenties" smokes incur approximately 0.45% of the average salary in 2008 was a mere 0.25%.
For the real price of cigarettes can reduce the relatively low excise duty on cigarettes account for a significant portion of their price.
A conclusion drawn by British researchers (inter alia based on the now public company documents) may unusually mild tax policies Czech lawmakers being successful tobacco lobby.

It occupies a step increase

Tax policy leading to an increase in the price of cigarettes, according to experts the most effective tool to reduce their consumption. However, a slow and gradual increase in excise duty (and hence prices) does not help much, is the most effective radical jump in - but it is still tobacco lobby in the Czech Republic quite successfully. So far the most rapid increase in the price of cigarettes was due to an increase in excise taxes in the years 2006-2007, for a total of about 15 crowns.



Source: Smoking kouření.cz



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