Category: Tax

Fair go mate!

Fair go mate!

| March 2, 2018

The Australian government, which has raised cigarette prices to unaffordable levels, is threatening smokers who buy illicit products with up to five years in jail, knowing those smokers are addicted.

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Pouring gas on the fire

Pouring gas on the fire

| March 2, 2018

The logic of the Canadian authorities’ approaches to marijuana and tobacco seems to suggest that they want consumers to buy licit marijuana but illicit tobacco.

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Taxing questions in Kenya

Taxing questions in Kenya

| March 1, 2018

The idea that non-filter cigarettes should be taxed at a higher rate than filtered cigarettes seems not to make sense since a filter can be removed.

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Illegal trade ‘rampant’

Illegal trade ‘rampant’

| February 28, 2018

Zimbabwe, usually in the news because of its leaf production, is currently in the news over an issue more usually associated with other countries: the illegal trade in cigarettes.

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Singapore sting

Singapore sting

| February 23, 2018

Opinion is apparently divided in Singapore as to whether smokers will put up with a price increase on manufactured cigarettes or vote with their feet.

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Loose tobacco in fine shape

Loose tobacco in fine shape

| February 23, 2018

Sales of fine-cut tobacco have been making headway in Australia, partly on the back of tax increases that have rendered this product competitively priced against manufactured cigarettes.

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Singapore taxes up

Singapore taxes up

| February 20, 2018

Tobacco excise has been increased by 10 percent in Singapore on the promise that such a rise will reduce demand for cigarettes by four percent.

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Taxing problems in Kenya

Taxing problems in Kenya

| February 19, 2018

What should a government – any government – do if its stated aim of using taxation to force smokers to quit comes into conflict with its less-well-advertised aim of increasing revenues?

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Gambling on smoking

Gambling on smoking

| February 9, 2018

Tourists visiting Macau, many of them probably unaware of local customs, are bearing the brunt of fines being handed out for smoking infractions.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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Duty-rise proposal rejected

Duty-rise proposal rejected

| February 7, 2018

A budget proposal that would have increased significantly the duties imposed on cigarettes sold in Iran is being looked at again.

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Price hike due in Iran

Price hike due in Iran

| February 5, 2018

The number of cigarettes smuggled into Iran fell sharply during the first 10 months of the current financial year, but local cigarette prices are set to rise by 50 percent.

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Tax regime could backfire

Tax regime could backfire

| February 2, 2018

The Philippines’ government seems intent on burdening smokers with crippling levels of taxes as part of a policy that seems likely to backfire to the cost of the wider community.

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‘Go after the SMUGGLERS’

‘Go after the SMUGGLERS’

| February 1, 2018

One of the problems with going after tobacco smugglers in the Philippines is perhaps the already-overcrowded conditions within the country’s jails.

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High taxes = low smoking

High taxes = low smoking

| January 31, 2018

The United Arab Emirates, which last year imposed a 100 percent excise tax on tobacco, has been told by a visiting US researcher that taxes should keep on rising.

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Heated tax call

Heated tax call

| January 30, 2018

Heat-not-burn tobacco products have been referred to by an Irish politician as a ‘gimmick’. With a billion-dollar development program behind them, they comprise one impressive gimmick.

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Taxing vapers

Taxing vapers

| January 25, 2018

Some people in Indonesia believe that the imposition of a 57 percent tax on electronic cigarettes could sound the death knell of this sector.

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Sales, revenue down

Sales, revenue down

| January 25, 2018

South Korea’s revenue from cigarette taxes was down by 9.2 percent last year, on volume cigarette sales down by less than that amount.

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Duty-free conference

Duty-free conference

| January 23, 2018

Dubai is to host this year’s Middle East and Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) Conference, which is due to be held next week.

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E-cig, HNB excise opposed

E-cig, HNB excise opposed

| January 22, 2018

The EU Commission has done the right thing in opposing for now the imposition of excise tax on electronic cigarettes and HNB devices, both of which seem to offer health benefits.

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