Cigarette Price News - Late, late August 2009

A lot of bad sounding news, an unsure time for cigarette prices and taxes.


USA - Budget Negotiators In Accord To Raise Cigarette Tax To $3 A Pack

- Smokers beware.

Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and top Democrats still sharply disagree on many budget issues, but they have reached an accord on the cigarette tax: It needs to go up $1 a pack.

Ireland - WHO urges €2 increase in cigarette prices

- IRELAND SHOULD continue to increase the price of cigarettes to put them out of reach of young people, according to a senior policy adviser to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

US Military - Smoking in the military: An old habit dies hard

- FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq — Gen. Douglas MacArthur had his signature corncob pipe. Soldiers got cigarettes in their C-rations during World War II. Even today, America's war on tobacco seems to have largely bypassed the military.

Australia - Alcohol, cigarette prices may rise

- The price of alcohol favoured by teens and problem drinkers could rise, due to a new tax proposed to improve Australians' health.