Table 1

Cigarette prices in $US and tax levels compared to Big Mac index of cigarette affordability

CountryPrice of 20 cigarettes ($US)Total tax (%)Cigarettes per Big Mac
Based on the most popular price category.
Sources: *Smoking and Health Action Foundation; **Ash UK.
†Sales weighted average (reflects 17 June 2002 increase); ‡average of highest (New York) and lowest (Kentucky).
Britain*$6.3379.59
Ireland*$4.4679.012
USA*‡$4.3027.712
Australia*$4.0268.99
Singapore**$3.9953.09
Hong Kong*$3.9752.07
New Zealand*$3.8874.510
Denmark*$3.7781.717
Sweden*$3.6470.515
Canada †$3.8071.111
Finland*$3.5379.015
France*$2.7675.520
Germany*$2.7668.918
Belgium*$2.6373.821
Netherlands*$2.5673.019
Austria*$2.3773.720
Japan**$2.1861.019
Luxemburg*$1.9467.730
Italy*$1.9374.724
Greece*$1.7972.822
Spain*$1.6671.228
Portugal*$1.6380.726
Malaysia**$1.2134.022
South Korea**$1.0268.050
Poland**$0.9269.032
Taiwan**$0.9144.045
Thailand**$0.8056.032
Brazil**$0.5775.050
Philippines**$0.4441.059
Indonesia**$0.4348.086