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The regulation will go into force on March 1 and is expected to add 300 million kuna to state coffers by the end of this year, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said in a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The excise tax on cigarettes will go up from 370 kuna to 400 kuna per 1,000 cigarettes, or 8.1 percent. The minimum excise will also be raised from 824 kuna to 888 kuna for 1,000 cigarettes, or 7.8 percent. The proportional excise of 34 percent of the retail cigarette price will remain unchanged.

"According to our calculations and current practices, the price of a pack of cigarettes should not increase by more than 2 kuna," Marić said, adding that cigarettes were still the most popular tobacco product in Croatia.

The excise on raw fine-cut tobacco will go up by 7.5 percent, from 800 kuna to 880 kuna per kilogram, while the tax on heated tobacco products will go up from 800 kuna to 1,400 kuna per kilogram, or 75 percent up. The excise tax on e-liquids will remain at zero.

Source: HRT