Thursday, April 05, 2018

Vice Basket

Bloomberg’s Vice Basket tracks average retail prices for:

* A pack of cigarettes, popular and premium
* A bottle of alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and spirits
* A gram of amphetamine-type stimulants, including methamphetamine and/or ecstasy
* A gram of cannabis, including marijuana hashish resin and/or cannabis oil
* A gram of cocaine, regardless of salts, paste or base forms
* A gram of opioids, including heroin and/or opium.

Data are sourced from the UN, World Health Organization, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

This year the United States cost is $617.10, up $217.90 from a year ago. The US is ranked 38th in affordability, with the Vice Basket costing 53.9% of an average weekly wage.

The cheapest overall cost is in the Congo, at $18.30, though most affordable goes to Luxembourg at $206.20, just 10.0% of that nation's average weekly income.

-- Bloomberg, 3 April 2018

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