February sees the price of tobacco in Luxembourg increase, stated Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna in a response to a parliamentary question.
In fact the price-rise actually came into force quietly on February 1 without an official announcement.
This was implemented following a recommendations report put into place by the “Plan national de Lutte contre le Tabagisme” (national plan to combat tobacco) for the period 2016 to 2020. In it, the group states that a steady increase in the taxation of tobacco and its by-products, should be put into place.
What this means is that, for example, a packet of 25 Marlboro cigarettes now costs six euros 30.
As for loose fine-cut tobacco, “specific excise duty increases from EUR 12,50 per kg to EUR 14 per kilo”, says the report.
All other tobacco products have also seen a price increase of various amounts.