Fags and booze: Smokers in the UK pay nearly DOUBLE the average.

CIGS and booze cost more in Britain than almost any other country in the EU, a report reveals.

Smokers in the UK pay nearly DOUBLE the average.

And drinkers are being clobbered too, with alcohol costing 43 PER CENT more, say Brussels number-crunchers Eurostat.

 

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UK prices have been driven sky-high by crippling taxes and duties.

A packet of 20 fags costs around £7.98 — £6.17 of which is tax. And beer industry figures show there is 96p tax on the average £3.19 pint.

The Eurostat report shows only the Irish pay more than us for cigarettes — and we are fourth most expensive for beer.

The Sun fought against the hated beer duty escalator, which George Osborne scrapped in the Budget.

British Beer and Pub Association chief Brigid Simmonds said: “Huge tax rates are mostly to blame.

“This is why The Sun’s support in the campaign to abolish the beer duty escalator was so vital.”

– A MILLION ex-smokers took up the habit again after the stress of the 9/11 attacks, a US study shows, as smoking rates rose by 2.3 per cent.

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