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Average retail price for cigarettes in Canada 2015-2019

Average retail price for cigarettes in Canada from January 2015 to June 2019 (in Canadian dollars per 200 sticks)

by Emma Bedford, last edited Aug 16, 2019
Average retail price for cigarettes in Canada 2015-2019 The average cost of 200 cigarettes in Canada has gradually been increasing since 2015, to reach a peak of 120.63 Canadian dollars in June of 2019. This is a significant increase of over 24 dollars compared to June 2015. According to a recent survey, 17 percent of surveyed Canadians were regular smokers, creating a large market for tobacco companies.

Tobacco tax and the impact on prices

Increasing taxes on tobacco is one way in with which governments can control the price of cigarettes. Increasing taxes and hiking up prices is a surefire way to grow government revenues, whilst encouraging consumers to decrease their cigarette consumption or discouraging consumers from starting to smoke in the first place. Both provincial and federal tax revenues from the tobacco industry have increased in Canada in recent years, with provincial revenues exceeding federal.

Regional cost variations

Whilst the average price of cigarettes has gradually increased nationally, there is still a large difference in prices across provinces in Canada . Manitoba, one of the three prairie provinces in Canada, was home to the highest cigarette prices in March 2018. Consumers were paying 139.83 Canadian dollars for 200 cigarettes, almost 30 dollars more than the national average retail price of 112.06 dollars for 200 cigarettes in the same month. Consumers could purchase 200 cigarettes for just 96.36 Canadian dollars in Canada’s largest province of Quebec.
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Average retail price for cigarettes in Canada from January 2015 to June 2019 (in Canadian dollars per 200 sticks)

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