Map of the week: the prices of cigarettes across Europe
Translation by:Paweł Kasprzyk
We've known now for over 20 years that smoking damages health, and it is evermore difficult for a smoker to find a place where they can "feed their addiction" without being lectured or grumbled at. Nevertheless, Europe is still fond of its tobacco addiction. According to European Committee data, 28% of Europeans were smokers in 2012. How much did they have to pay for a packet? Check out our map!
What is it that the French love Portugal, Poland and Ukraine for? Cheap cigarettes. Active smoking is most expensive in Norway, where you have to pay £9.59 a packet, and in the UK, where it costs £8.47. Poland ranks among the countries that are most affordable to smokers as a packet of cigarettes costs here £2.90. The cheapest cigarettes, though, may be found in Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus (£0.57, £0.90 and £1 a packet, respectively).
It seems, however, that the popularity of traditional cigarettes is slowly waning, the main reason frequently being the price. On the other hand, more people are – day in, day out – becoming more inclined to smoke e-cigarettes, which may lack that old-school touch but are much "healthier." In the US, where you can compete in just about anything, a new sports discipline has been brought into existence: puffing out the largest possible cloud of e-cigarette smoke. The contestants opposing one another in these kinds of events can reportedly win handsome sums of money.
This article is part of our Map of the Week series: charting the stats that matter to Europe, one map at a time.
Translated from Mapa tygodnia: Ceny papierosów w Europie