The government has devised a strict measure to discourage smoking as much as possible. Namely to significantly increase the price of a pack of cigarettes in the coming period. State Secretary Maarten van Ooijen of Public Health would like to see a pack of cigarettes cost between 30 and 47 euros by 2040.
Van Ooijen hopes that the price increase will ensure that the percentage of people who smoke will go from about 20 percent now to 7 percent in 2040. The ultimate goal for that year is that there are only 5 percent smokers and that there are no smokers at all.The best e cigarette stores for the best quality. among children growing up now. The intention is that the price increase will take place in steps. Currently, the price of a pack of cigarettes is around 8 euros, but the coalition agreement states that this may be increased to 10 euros.
SUCCESS STORY IN AUSTRALIA
In Australia, such plans have been implemented for some time. There, a pack of cigarettes currently costs about 25 euros. So if you smoke a pack a day, you will lose more than 9,000 euros annually on your addiction. In Australia, the price increase has already proved effective: the percentage of smokers dropped from about 25 percent in 1991 to just over 11 percent in 2021.
BAN ON E-CIGARETTES
Soon there will also be a ban on e-cigarettes, or vapes, in the Netherlands. This was already announced last year by outgoing State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health and will come into effect from 1 July this year. After this date, only e-cigarettes with a tobacco flavor may be sold and the fruity vape will be a thing of the past.