In Austria, the price of a packet of cigarettes will increase by EUR 0.20. The reason for this is not only the increase in tobacco tax, reports Der Standard.
At the beginning of October, cigarettes will become EUR 0.20 more expensive per pack in Austria. The reason is not only the increase in tobacco tax, which has been postponed by half a year due to the corona crisis. Both market leaders Philip Morris and JTI Austria are also raising prices because of other additional costs incurred in recent years, when cigarettes have not become more expensive. The overall market is expected to remain stable or rise slightly this year, the report said.
JTI Austria spokesperson Ralf-Wolfgang Lothert referred to additional cost factors of the last three years, such as the conversion of cigarette packages imposed by the European Union on the industry, fee payments to AGES (the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety), costs for the European cigarette track and trace system and finally also the tobacco tax increase, which would actually have been due on 1 April.