UK prices are more than four times higher than in the cheapest nations
BRITISH smokers pay more forcigarettesthan almost anyone else in Europe – with prices more than four times higher than in the cheapest nations.
Only Norwegians fork out more for a pack of 20 fags than our £9.35, research found, with prices as low as £2.06 in Bulgaria and sub-£3 packs commonplace in Eastern Europe.
Brits pay £9.35 for a pack of cigarettes while elsewhere in Europe smokers pay less than £3
Prices are sky-high in the UK due to taxes making up around £6.90 per pack
Packs in Slovakia cost £2.61, Croatia £2.65, Romania £2.75 and Poland £2.86, research by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association found.
And in Ukraine 20 cigarettes cost just 63p – 15 times cheaper than in Britain.
Prices in the UK are sky high due to toughtaxeswhich make up around £6.90 per pack.
But the hugely differing costs emerged as research found seven out 10 smokers admit to buying black market or duty-free imported tobacco to save cash – costing the taxman £3.1 billion a year.
Seven out 10 smokers admit to buying black market or duty-free imported tobacco
A poll of 12,000 smokers found one in eight spend more than £20 a week on fags which have not been subjected to UK taxes – known as “illicit” tobacco.
That came after a study by audit giants KPMG found the black market now accounts for 6.7 billion cigarettes a year – 16 per cent of the total market.
Almost 1.4 billion were smuggled in from Poland and 0.7 billion from Romania, with nearly a billion coming from Spain where a pack of 20 costs £3.85.
It sparked calls for an end to ever-increasing tobacco taxes, which rise by two per cent a year under an automatic “escalator”.