what to expect on March 1st


TOBACCO PRICE. Next month, some brands of cigarettes will see their prices increase slightly. Which references are concerned? We explain everything to you in detail.

[Mis à jour le 23 février 2021 à 11h23] Were you convinced that your pack of cigarettes would not go up again? The last major increase in tobacco prices took place last November. The President of the Republic has in fact decided to increase prices, to reach the symbolic threshold of ten euros per package of twenty units. Objective displayed, to reduce smoking in France. Each year, he is responsible for the death of 75,000 people in France. However, tobacco prices are not exempt from certain tariff changes, as shown by the latest tobacco selling price nomenclature published in early February by Customs. Which references will see their price change on March 1? Linternaute.com summarizes them for you:

  • Austin +, in 20 units: 9.60 euros, against 9.50 euros.
  • Elixyr red, in 20 units: 9.80 euros, against 9.70 euros.
  • Fortuna Bleu, in 20 units: 9.90 euros.
  • Gauloises Blondes Bleu 100s, in 20 units: 9.90 euros, against 10 euros.
  • Gauloises Blondes Rouge 100s, in 20 units: 9.90 euros, against 10 euros.

Has the government’s strategy of hitting the wallet paid off? While tax revenues have risen sharply, the results are mixed. Tobacco sales fell only 1.3% last year, according to the French Observatory for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT). A result partly attributed to the health crisis. The French have not always been able to travel to Belgium, Germany or Spain during successive lockdowns due to traffic restrictions, not to mention the psychological impact of the crisis, which could have fueled the consumption of some. For full details on tobacco prices, in France and abroad, see our dedicated article.

The last increase in tobacco prices took place last November. As a reminder, the government’s objective was to reach the symbolic threshold of ten euros for a pack of twenty cigarettes. However, some brands are not exempt from new price changes, as shown in the latest tobacco sales price nomenclature. The last change took place on February 1, 2021. Here are some examples of tobacco prices that apply since that date:

  • Marlboro Gold (rigid pack), in 20 units: 10.50 euros
  • Marlboro Red (rigid pack), in 20 units: 10.50 euros
  • Philip Morris Bleue, in 20 units: 10.20 euros
  • Lucky Strike X Series, in 20 units: 9.90 euros
  • Dunhill silver, in 20 units: 10.50 euros
  • Lucky Strike Blue, in 20 units: 10 euros
  • Lucky Strike red, in 20 units: 10 euros
  • Peter Stuyvesant blue by Dunhill, in 20 units: 10.50 euros
  • Rothmans blue, in 20 units: 10.10 euros
  • Vogue L’Essentielle Bleu, in 20 units: 10.50 euros
  • Winfield red, in 20 units: 9.90 euros
  • Camel Black, in 20 units: 10.20 euros
  • Winston Classic (rigid pack), in 20 units: 10 euros
  • Chesterfield blue, in 20 units: 10 euros
  • L&M Blue, in 20 units: 10 euros
  • Camel (without filter), in 20 units: 10.30 euros
  • Camel Blue 100’s, in 20 units: 10.30 euros
  • Camel Silver, in 20 units: 10.30 euros
  • Lucky Strike red longs (100’s), in 20 units: 9.90 euros
  • Lucky Strike Red Longues by Pall Mall, in 20 units: 9.90 euros
  • Lucky Strike Bleu Longues (100’s), in 20 units: 9.90 euros
  • Lucky Strike Gold Longs (100’s), in 20 units: 9.90 euros
  • Lucky Strike Ice, in 20 units: 9.90 euros
  • News Fortuna Rouge 100s, in 20 units: 10 euros

It had, too – for certain brands exclusively – undergone a first increase in its prices in January 2020. Some brands have further evolved on February 1. Here are the roll-your-own tobacco prices that apply for certain brands on February 1, 2021:

Selling price of 30g rolling tobacco pouches on February 1, 2021

Ajja blond 15 euros
Lucky Strike The Authentic White 14,3 euros
Lucky Strike L’Authentique Blond 14,3 euros
Lucky Strike Original 14,3 euros
Lucky Strike Red 14,3 euros
Pall Mall 14 euros
Camel 14,3 euros
Camel Essential 14 euros
Old Holborn Original 14,5 euros
Winston Authentic 14,5 euros
Winston Classic 14 euros

You may not know it, but since January 1, 2020, the neutral package has arrived in Belgium. On January 1, 2021, an increase in tobacco prices was applied to our neighbors. The price of a pack of twenty cigarettes now reaches 7.50 euros, against 6.80 euros previously, which remains cheaper than in France.

This is news that may displease French workers who travel regularly to Luxembourg to buy cigarettes: prices have increased in the Grand Duchy. The government council has in fact validated an increase which was to come into force on February 1, 2020. The excise price is increased to 12.25 euros for 1,000 euros, against 12 euros at present. As an indication, the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes was 80% cheaper in Luxembourg than in France in 2018.

Tobacco prices are also lower among our Spanish neighbors than in France. It is possible to consult the latest prices in force on the government website, here. As an indication, know for example that on January 18, the price of the package of Marlboro Gold (rigid at twenty units), at 9.30 euros in France is 5.15 euros in Spain. Be careful, however, the El Dorado should not last! The Spanish government recently announced its intention to roll back smoking. It is a question of raising the tax on tobacco, which inevitably translates into an increase in the price of the package.

In Germany, tobacco prices are slightly higher than in Spain. The price of a packet of cigarettes is generally around six euros.

The price of tobacco in Switzerland remains lower than in France. As an indication, the package of Marlboro reaches 8.50 Swiss francs, or 7.70 euros, against more than 9 euros in France today, noted France 3 Bourgogne Franche-Comté last November.

Italy is often considered the El Dorado for smokers. And for good reason, the cigarette packs are “30 to 50% cheaper”, reported France 3. As an indication, a pack of twenty Lucky Strike Red cigarettes cost 4.80 euros on February 1, 2019, according to a customs document Italian. In France, it costs more than 8 euros.

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