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Table 1 Relative Income Price (RIP) and Price Dispersion Index, 2020

From: The introduction of tobacco excise taxation in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: a step in the right direction of advancing public health

  Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar SA UAE
Affordability Affordability Index 2.67% 1.27% 3.97% 1.15% 3.81% 1.79%
Trend growth rate in affordability
2008–2018
11.54% 9.65% 13.61% 14.24% 15.38% 13.06%
Cigarettes less affordable since 2008 YES YES YES YES YES YES
Price Dispersion Price of cheapest brand, pack of 20, in local currency and (USD) 0.80 (2.13) 0.30 (0.98) 0.45 (1.17) 9.00 (2.47) 14.00 (4.00) 11.50 (2.31)
Price of Marlboro (or other premium brand), pack of 20, in local currency and (USD) 2.30 (6.12) 0.85 (2.78) 2.20 (5.72) 22.00 (6.04) 28.00 (7.47) 21.00 (5.72)
Price dispersion index 34.78% 35.29% 20.45% 40.91% 50.00% 54.76%
  1. Source: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic,2021, Web Annex Appendix VI (12). Corrections have been made regarding the price of the cheapest brand in SA and the UAE, after communication with WHO EMRO. SA, Saudi Arabia; UAE, United Arab Emirates; Prices in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE include excise taxes
  2. RIP is defined as the percentage of per capita GDP required to buy 2000 cigarettes of the most sold brand in a specific year (12). Price dispersion index is defined as the price of the cheapest brand as a percentage of the price of the most expensive one