Australia Has The 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.
That's over five pounds more expensive than in the UK and close to £10 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 $10 (£7) to $13 (£9.70).
If you love your smokes and want to find the cheapest place on the planet to pick up a pack, well, look no further than Kazakhstan. You can buy a 20 pack of Marlboro for just £0.79 - which is a bloody bargain, I suppose. You know, if you like that sort of thing.
The other cheapest locations include Vietnam (£0.82), Ukraine (£0.86), the Philippines (£0.92) and Pakistan (£0.97).
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. Not ideal.
Cigarette company Philip Morris released a study late last year that suggested that England could be smoke-free by 2040.
The study, which was carried out by Frontier Economics Research and funded by the company behind brands like Marlboro, Benson & Hedges, Gauloises and John Player, 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.
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