Price of a cigarette packet could go up to SR35

Price of a cigarette packet could go up to SR35
Updated 15 March 2016

Price of a cigarette packet could go up to SR35

Price of a cigarette packet could go up to SR35

RIYADH: The chairman of the Board at the Anti-Smoking Society ('Niqaa'), Mohammad Al-Yamani, said that the price of a packet of cigarets in the Kingdom is among the cheapest in the world, even in comparison to the lesser developed countries.
For this reason, the government recently increased its prices due to the dangers of smoking to personal and public health.
He predicted that the prices of cigarettes per packet will continue to be raised to bring them on a par with those on the international market. It may ultimately be raised to SR35 a packet, which is what customers pay in the United States, for example, he said.
Al-Yamani also told Al-Riyadh newspaper that there are at least 100 documented studies that suggest that the increased prices of cigarets results in two important developments: a decrease in new smokers and a cutback in the consumption of existing smokers.
He said that the price of cigarettes will continue to go up, stating that the Kingdom is a member of the World Health Organization and has ratified agreements to continue to raise prices to improve public health.
Specifically, there is an article in the agreement signed by the Kingdom stating that the duty and taxes on cigarettes and tobacco should continue to go up to decrease the consumption of such products.
Al-Yamani also said that the visual images on cigarette boxes need to be reviewed, and should become more disturbing and ugly in the hope that smokers might respond to them more critically. In addition, the images should be fixed, because changing them from time to time means that they don't hold the consumers' attention and get stuck in their heads over time.
He said that there are many ways to fight smoking, including banning smoking in public places, adding that there are also efforts being made to ban smoking scenes in films and soap operas on local and commercial channels.