Jersey tobacco duty to rise by 13.2% after budget vote

Man smoking The increase will mean a packet of 20 cigarettes will go up by 50p

Related Stories

Smokers will pay an extra 13.2% on tobacco products after a vote to increase duty in Jersey.

As part of the budget debate politicians agreed with treasury minister, Senator Philip Ozouf's plan to add 50p to a pack of 20 cigarettes.

On Tuesday members voted against a planned rise in fuel duty to keep it the same for the second year in a row.

Senator Ozouf originally planned a 10% tobacco duty increase but increased it after losing the fuel vote.

During the debate, some, including Senator Sarah Ferguson, warned that increasing tobacco duty could lead to a drop in the amount of tax taken as fewer cigarettes would be sold.

She said that level of increase would lead to more people giving up.

Senator Ozouf said the reason for the significant increase in duty on tobacco was to help cut smoking.

He said: "The high cost of tobacco in the Island plays an important part in reducing consumption."

The budget debate continues.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Jersey


St Helier

18 °C 17 °C


  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814

  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea

  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?

  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexTiny shipyard Watch

    The art of making boats out of coffee stirrers

  • Krouwa Erick, the doctor in Sipilou town at the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea - 27 August 2014Bad trip

    The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.