Cigarette packs jump to almost $30 a pack

Smoking cigarettes just became a whole lot dearer with the price of a packet rising to almost $30 on Thursday.

The 12.5 per cent federal government tax hike confirms Australia as among the most expensive places in the world to buy a pack of cigarettes.

And it’s expected the tobacco excise, which will increase 12.5 per cent annually until 2020, will eventually push a packet of smokes over the $40 mark.

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