Cigarettes in Australia are some of the most expensive in the world. Find out how much a pack will cost you at Coles, Woolworths, or your local convenience store.
Here are the latest cigarette prices in Australia:
|Brand & Size||Price|
|Shuang Xi 20's||$19.95|
|Winfield Original 25's||$32.95|
|Winfield Original 30's||$37.95|
|Winfield Original 40's||$45.95|
|Winfield Optimum 25's||$32.95|
|Peter Jackson 30's||$36.95|
|Peter Jackson 40's||$48.95|
|Peter Jackson 80's||$94.00|
|Bond Street 25's||$29.95|
|Bond Street 40's||$45.95|
|Bond Street 50's||$55.95|
|Pall Mall 20's||$22.95|
|Pall Mall 40's||$44.95|
|Peter Stuyvesant 25's||$35.50|
|Benson & Hedges 25's||$35.95|
|Peter Jackson 25g||$33.50|
|Makers Blend 25g||$34.95|
We are not affiliated with the providers of the above goods/services in any way. The prices above should serve as a guide only for grocery stores. In smaller convenience stores, expect to pay 10-30% more per pack.
Why Are Australian Cigarettes So Expensive?
One word – taxes. Technically, they’re called excise rates, but you can simply think of it as a rule the government brought in, to increase prices of cigarettes – by forcing the suppliers to increase the cost of cigarettes which they then give to the government.
How much exactly? That depends on the pack. Currently, the excise in place is on a per stick (per individual cigarette) basis. Meaning the amount the government takes is based on the number of cigarettes in each pack.
From 1 March 2018, the current rate was $0.71046 per stick. From 1 September 2018, it’s increased to $0.80726 per stick. And for the next 3 years until 2020, it’s going to increase by 12.5% each year.
For example, let’s take a 25 pack of Winnies. There are 25 cigarette sticks in a pack, at $0.80726 per stick, that means $20.18 is going to our government. The rest will be spread out between the retailers, suppliers, and middlemen.
That’s why the cigarettes are so cheap over in Bali, Thailand, and China. Their government doesn’t impose such high excises (if any).
Otherwise, if you want to learn a little more about vaping and the benefits of e-cigarettes – visit our page on vape prices.
Where’s The Cheapest Place To Buy Cigarettes?
Probably Coles or Woolworths. They have some of the strongest buying power in Australia and can demand lower prices from their own suppliers and pass the savings on to you.
Other than that, Free Choice Tobacconist is also considered one of the leading & cheapest tobacco retailers in Australia. They have quite a few stores around Australia. Click here to find one close to you.
If you plan on heading down to your local service station or convenience store, expect the prices in the table above to increase between 10-40%. They know you’re there for convenience and are going to charge you for it.
Want to buy cigarettes online? Think again. From our research, there are no dependable online cigarettes sellers in Australia. There are some companies trying to sell to Australians, but many report their success rates through customs is quite poor.
Your best bet is to head to Coles or Woolworths, and purchase your cigarettes there if you’re looking for the cheapest price.
Are Cigarette Prices Going To Increase?
Yes. They’re going to increase quite a bit over the next few years until 2020.
Why? The government has imposed a dramatic increase to the excise rates on cigarettes. The full legislation can be found here under the Excise Tariff Act 1921.
As mentioned earlier, this is how much extra the government is going to increase the excise rate (fancy name for tax) by each year:
|1 September 2018||12.5%|
|1 September 2019||12.5%|
|1 September 2020||12.5%|
That means a $35 pack of cigarettes today, will cost more than $50 in 3 years.
Does that scare you? It should. $50 for a pack of cigarettes is a lot. of. money. Consider your options – vaping is a highly regarded method to transition from cigarettes to a cheaper smoking style.
How Much Did Cigarettes Used To Cost In Australia?
They were cheap. Damn they where cheap. Here’s a table comparing the past 30 years of prices for one of the most popular packs in Australia – the Winfield 25’s.
|Year||Winfield 25 RRP|
Unfortunately, it’s not going to stop there. With the new legislation brought in increasing the excise rate for cigarettes each year until 2020, you’re going to have to pass over more of your money each time you head to the shops and grab a pack.
Look – we’re not your Mum. If you want to smoke, go ahead, we’re not going to stop you. But if you’re thinking about quitting, consider vaping instead.
Not only will your wallet be far fatter at the end of each week, but you’ll be able to breathe easier, think clearer, and live longer.