Prices of fuel and cigarettes will jump in in the New Year

Are you taking your car to visit the family somewhere? Be sure to fill your tank up to the brim because petrol and diesel is set to become even more expensive from the new year. Smokers will also feel the price pinch, with cigarettes getting 1.14 euros more expensive by April, so stock up! Or you know, you could do your part and not use your car or smoke. But to each his own, I guess (quit now!).

The government are increasing gasoline prices, diesel and LPG prices so that it adds up over a year. Plus, you need to pay the VAT for ‘excise duty’ of 21%, making it the largest overall increase in years.

You will have to pay 80 cents more for every litre of gasoline, 50 cents more for diesel and 19 cents more for LPG. If you fill up 60 litres, you will pay a total of 91 cents more – that might not be much in a week, but it adds up to an extra 47.50 euros more a year!

For cigarettes, you will be paying more taxes on them with an increase of 14 cents. But it will increase even more in April 2020 by a whole euro. The government hope to “realize a smoke-free generation by 2040” with these new regulations.

Do you think these changes will help us reach our environmental and health goals? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kavana Desai
Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


  1. Will disabled people see any increases in their benefits or will they continue to live in austerity? The minimum wage increase is good, of course, but that also means an increase in the cost of living. Living on a small fixed income is not easy to begin with an will become impossible if nothing is done to alleviate their situations.


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