AMMAN —AlGhad— Cigarette prices seem to have been randomly increasing in Jordan, between JOD0.10 and JOD0.20 on the pack, since the beginning of the month, August, according to dozens of citizens, even though the government denies having anything to do with it, official sources have confirmed.
Multiple citizens, interviewed by AlGhad, confirm the recent, ambiguous price hikes, alongside numerous shop owners.
Shop owners say they are not responsible for the increase in cigarette prices. They say distributers have been supplying them at higher prices.
When distributers were interviewed, most were shifty, when asked to explain why they raised their prices, and not a single clear answer was given.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, who is responsible for overseeing commercial activity and prices, has also confirmed the price hike.
According to the Jordan National Society for Consumer Protection (NSCP) spokesperson, Saham Abbadi, it seems the price hikes are caused by random, individual distributor practices.
Distributors, have been raising price offerings randomly in the market, Abbadi said.
He also confirmed that the price hike was not caused by any unannounced government decisions, as far as he knows.
As for the manufacturers themselves, Philip Morris Jordan, an international tobacco company, with an investment worth nearly USD52 million is Jordan, denies raising prices.
The company, which has been operating in Jordan since 2011, says they too have nothing to do with the price hike.
Every year, Philip Morris Jordan pays some USD300 million in taxes to the Jordanian Treasury.
Notably, the last official price hike decision on cigarettes was earlier this year, 2017, raising JOD0.05-0.10 on the pack.