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With the Budget, smokers will face a rise in prices for cigarettes. This rise will see the price of 20 cigarettes going up to £13.60.

Prior to his announcement in the Commons, the priciest pack of cigarettes stood at £12.73.

On the other end of the spectrum, the cheapest 20 packs are set to rise by 66p – going from £9.10 to £9.73.

As for a 30g bag of tobacco, that will see a rise £8.14 to £9.02.

Twitter users have been divided about the Government’s decision to enforce the tax on tobacco.

Cal felt that the decision to implement the tax was a good idea.

They tweeted: “Good, smokers are a drain on the NHS.”

Liam Tustin believed smokers should actually be thanked, rather than penalised.

They tweeted: “The tobacco duty tax receipts in the United Kingdom amounted to approximately £9.96billion British pounds.

“The cost to the NHS is £2.5billion for services and smoking-related care needs.

“You should be thanking us smokers who voluntarily lay down our lives for others.”

Mark lambasted the Government for this decision, declaring them as heartless for choosing to enforce the tax.

They tweeted: “Putting the price of cigarettes up, while taking away the £20 Universal Credit.

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“This government is truly heartless.”

William Eddleston quipped: “Smokers are not a drain on the NHS.

“Not only do they pay huge amounts more tax but the last 10 years of anyone’s life is the most costly to the NHS.

“Smokers die on average 10 years early so that saves huge amounts plus they don’t collect 10 years of pensions and other benefits.”

Simon Clark, director at smokers’ group Forest, said: “The Government must stop weaponising tax in the war on smoking.

“The majority of smokers come from poorer backgrounds.

“Many have suffered financially as result of the pandemic and should not have to face yet another increase in the cost of tobacco at a time when they can least afford it.”

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