The Australian government have announced a plan of tax increases which will see the price of a standard packet of 20 cigarettes rise to over $20 (£13) in the next 5 years.
The hope is that pricey cigarettes will encourage smokers to kick the harmful habit. The move will come as no surprise to Australian smokers, who already contend with some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the world. Last year the government introduced a law preventing companies from including any branding on cigarette labels.
But is raising prices really an effective public health measure? And how much is too much for an nicotine addict to pay for a packet of cigarettes?