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Tommy Lee is raking in some serious dough now that Mötley Crüe are touring again, but that’s not stopping him from complaining about the price of cigarettes in Australia. The Crüe recently wrapped up a brief jaunt Down Under, and while there, the drummer shelled out $251.91 AUS ($164 USD) for four packs of smokes.
The rocker took to Instagram to share his receipt from 7-Eleven, writing, “$251.96 for 4 packs of smokes here in Melbourne!!! 🖕🏼👿🖕 7/11 wonderfully cheesier!”
According to The Guardian, the cost per pack of cigarettes has risen to more than $40 in Australia thanks to large tobacco taxes meant to curb smoking. Apparently, the strategy has worked, with smokers down to 10% of the population in the country.
“Australia meets international best practice in tobacco taxation level with 77% of the retail price of cigarettes made up in taxes,” said Professor Coral Gartner, director of research at the University of Queensland’s school of public health.
Gartner continued, “If Tommy Lee visits New Zealand, he may also be surprised to find that cigarette prices are similarly high, with taxes making up about 83% of the retail price.”
Sorry, Tommy, looks like you’ll have to either quit smokin’ in the boys room or be ready to spend big bucks on Marlboro Golds during your travels to Australia and New Zealand.
While Mötley Crüe have wrapped up touring for 2023, they have a handful of dates on tap for 2024 thus far, including sets at Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach, Florida; Summerfest in Milwaukee; and Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada. Tickets are available here.
See Tommy Lee’s Instagram post below.