Bad news for smokers after the Moroccan government announced major increases in cigarette prices.
Rabat – Morocco’s Administration of Customs and Indirect Tax (ADII) has published the list of new prices of cigarettes. The updated list shows major increase in popular brands, including Marlboro, Winston, and Camel.
Camel will be sold now at MAD 33, an increase of MAD 1.
Winston will be sold at MAD 34, an increase of MAD 2.
The Marlboro R3MX brand will be sold for MAD 37, instead of MAD 33.
Price of the Maghreb cigarette brand rose from MAD 18 to MAD 19.
The increase is thought be one of the first ramifications of the Moroccan government’s 2019 Finance Bill, which, when it was published earlier this year in January, hinted at a major increase in the domestic consumption tax on several goods.
The bill stipulated that Marlboro Red Beyond and Marlboro Gold Beyond packs will be sold for MAD 35 instead of MAD 32. Price of all other cigarettes of the same brand Marlboro have increased by MAD 2.
ADII said in 2017 that Moroccans consumed 13.8 billion cigarettes in 2016, representing 1.2 billion more cigarettes compared to 2015.
Official data also indicate that there are around 7 million smokers in Morocco, including 500,000 minors.
The American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the Union for International Cancer Control, have estimated that more than 17,600 Moroccans die every year because of “tobacco-caused disease.”