Tobacco companies are not increasing their prices willy-nilly; they are forced to do so due to “cost pressure”. But not all companies will follow suit. So far, only two out of the three main tobacco companies in Malaysia have succumbed to the price hike – these two companies are British American Tobacco (BAT) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI). Together, they produce cigarette brands like Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, Winston, Mild Seven, Camel, Salem and Benson & Hedges.
But Hey-ho! Fans of Marlboro, Sampoerna, and L&M get to cough for another day since the tobacco company that these brands belong to, Philip Morris, will maintain the prices…For now.
RM1 might not mean much, but keep in mind that in 2008, a pack containing 20 cigarette sticks is around RM8.20, and now you’re paying a whopping RM10.50 to RM13.50 per pack.