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Table 2 Estimated cigarette market indicators (averages), in local currency, 2016–2018, Saudi Arabia

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

Cigarette market indicators (Averages) 2016 2017 2018
Final price 12.6 25.6 26.0
Import duty (SAR) 5.0 5.0 5.0
Excise tax (SAR) 0.0 12.8 12.4
VAT (SAR) 0.0 0.0 1.2
Import duty as % of final price 39.7 19.5 19.2
Excise tax as % of final price 0.0 50.0 47.7
VAT % of final price 0.0 0.0 4.6
Total tax excl. VAT as % of final price 39.7 69.5 66.9
All tax as % of final price 39.7 69.5 71.5
  1. Estimations based on data from Euromonitor International (2018) and government sources. VAT: value added tax; SAR: Saudi Arabia currency in Rials (1 SAR ~ US $0.27)