Budget 2018: Cigarettes Price Rises By 33p a Pack - and Hand Rolling Tobacco Hit Even Harder
30 October, 2018
The average 20-pack of cigarettes has gone up by 33p in the Budget - while the average pack of hand-rolling tobacco is up by 48p
The Budget has spelt bad news for smokers as duties on tobacco continue to go up.
Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed cigarette duty will rise by inflation plus 2% - hiking the cost of an average 20-pack by 33p.
And hand rolling tobacco has been hit with an extra 1% on top - which raises the cost of an average 30g pack by 48p, the Treasury said.
The changes came into force at 6pm last night, just 90 minutes after the Tory Chancellor finished his Budget speech.
Mr Hammond unveiled money for roads, the Army, social care and Universal Credit in the final Budget before the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.
A 30g pack of pipe tobacco will cost an extra 22p, while every 10 grammes of cigars will cost you 17p extra, the Treasury said.
The Budget has also made drinking wine more expensive, as duty on plonk rises by the rate of inflation.
But there was good news for beer drinkers as duty on a pint remains frozen.
It was the same for those who prefer cider or spirits.
It will save 2p on a pint of beer and 30p on a bottle of scotch or gin.
This is the final budget before the UK leaves the EU.
Mr Hammond promised £2bn a year extra for mental health by 2024, 10million trees, cash for roads and a pilot scheme to offer low-cost loans to the poor.
But critics are warned the Budget did not go far or fast enough - with Theresa May's "con" pledge to 'end austerity' not kicking in until next year.
And Mr Hammond admitted on Sunday he will have to tear up the whole Budget and write a new one if there is a No Deal Brexit.