During 2008-2018, the decrease in affordability of cigarettes was a crucial determinant in reducing consumption of cigarettes in the SEE region. However, affordability is still not considered when designing national tobacco taxation policies. For example, in the period of economic growth (2017–2018) affordability in most of the observed countries increased slightly. Therefore, policy makers should be aware of the risk that future increases in cigarette prices could lag behind real income growth, making tax policy less effective at reducing consumption.
Affordability of Cigarettes in Southestern European Countries (2021) - download here.