Egypt's finance ministry ratifies increase in cigarette prices

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Jul 2018

A file photo of an Egyptian man smoking a cigarette (Photo: AP)

Egypt's Ministry of Finance ratified a new increase to the prices of tobacco products on Monday. The price increase started on Thursday, with an additional increase of EGP 1 in the prices of imported brands.

Egypt's largest tobacco producer Eastern Tobacco Company raised prices by 10-15 percent on Thursday, both to fund the comprehensive universal healthcare programme, the first phase of which was launched on 6 July, and as a reflection of value-added tax.

The company lowered the price of the country's cheapest cigarette brand Cleopatra 'King Size' to EGP 15.5 per pack, after it was increased to EGP 16 last week.

The Ministry of Finance retail list for cigarette prices is as follows:

Merit/ Dunhill EGP 40 

Marlboro (Red and Gold) EGP 37 

Marlboro (Medium) EGP 35 

Lucky Strike/ LM EGP 29 

Camel EGP 34

Rothmans/Gualoises/ Winston EGP 27 

Next/ B&S EGP 25 

Pall Mall/ Viceroy EGP 24 

Cleopatra (Black Label)/Time/Golden West) EGP 22 

Cleopatra (Super) EGP 18 

Cleopatra Box (Red, Gold, Blue)/Target EGP 17 

Mondial/Boston/Light/Belmont EGP 16.5 

Cleopatra (Queen) EGP 16 

Cleopatra (King) EGP 15.5


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