By Eric Crampton 23/02/2016


Tobacco control folks have been calling for a rather substantial hike in tobacco excise in New Zealand.

I thought it might be worth having a bit of context for that.

Here’s prices for cigarettes and tobacco against the CPI. 1971 Q1 is the baseline, as that’s when the tobacco series starts.

If you want to check my numbers, go to Infoshare. I’m using CPI009AA for the CPI data, and CPI012AA for the Level 2 Subgroup Cigarettes and Tobacco..