Archive for December, 2012

How far should ‘sin taxes’ extend

How far should ‘sin taxes’ extend

| December 24, 2012

The Indian government is considering the introduction of another tax on tobacco products and alcohol – a so-called ‘sin tax’. According to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter, the designated sin tax would be used to finance part of the health budget during the 12th five-year plan, 2012-2017. The […]

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Tobacco-free generation within reach

Tobacco-free generation within reach

| December 21, 2012

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) believes that it is within theUS’ reach to create a tobacco-free generation. This follows the publication of figures showing that smoking rates declined significantly this year among young people in all three grades interviewed during a recent survey – grades eight, 10 and 12. But CTFK warned that ‘progress […]

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Dutch take to smoking ban – slowly

Dutch take to smoking ban – slowly

| December 21, 2012

About 57 per cent of theNetherlands’ bars and cafés now observe the country’s ban on smoking, up from 51 per cent in the spring, according to a DutchNews story quoting health ministry inspectors. About 61 per cent of discos and 88 per cent of cafés that serve food are now smoke free, the inspectors said. […]

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New tax regime signed into law

New tax regime signed into law

| December 21, 2012

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines yesterday signed into law a new tobacco and alcohol tax regime that is expected to raise an additional P33.96 billion during the first year of its implementation, according to a story in The Manila Times. Of the total additional revenue, P23.40 billion is set to come from cigarettes and […]

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Tender opens for retail sales in Hungary

Tender opens for retail sales in Hungary

| December 21, 2012

Hungary’s government has published a tender for the retail sale of tobacco, according to an EcoNews story quoting Zsolt Gyulay, chief executive of the National Tobacco Trade Nonprofit. Gyulay told a press conference thatHungary’s parliament had approved a law in September that established a state monopoly over the retail sale of tobacco products from next […]

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Indonesian government taking its time over issuing tobacco regulations

Indonesian government taking its time over issuing tobacco regulations

| December 21, 2012

Health experts and consumer groups are questioning what they see as the Indonesian government’s tardiness in issuing a tobacco regulation, according to a report in The Jakarta Post. The government is required by a law issued in 2009 to impose regulations on tobacco products, but it has not yet done so. The process had become […]

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