France

Cigarette Taxes Go Up in France

A pack of smokes now costs, between 6 and 7 euros, up 6 to 10 percent

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In a country famed for its laissez faire attitude toward smoking bans, the French government is now hitting smokers where it hurts: their wallets.

From October 1, French smokers began paying 6.5% to 10% more for tobacco, as an unpopular price rise went into effect. No pack of cigarettes in France will cost less than €6.10, with high-end brands going for €7.