Category: Tax

EU eyes extending excise

EU eyes extending excise

| August 17, 2017

Is it rational to consider applying excise duty to unmanufactured tobacco in an attempt to reduce the illegal trade in tobacco, whose primary cause seems to be tax-driven, high-prices?

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Tracking the rationale

Tracking the rationale

| August 15, 2017

Will a tobacco tracking and tracing system introduce ‘a mechanism of very little … public health and budgetary benefit which runs counter to all business rationale’?

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Running out of steam

Running out of steam

| August 15, 2017

Australia’s hostility to electronic cigarettes could be one reason why the country’s punitive smoking-prevention policies are running out of steam.

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‘Smoking fee’ ruled out

‘Smoking fee’ ruled out

| August 15, 2017

A ‘smoking-cessation tax’ that would have raised about $225 million, but only $1 million of which would have been spent on smoking cessation, has been ruled unconstitutional in the US.

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Criminals given “leg-up”

Criminals given “leg-up”

| August 9, 2017

One Australian backbencher believes that as well as turbocharging the illegal trade in cigarettes, regular increases in tobacco taxes could be pushing young people toward ‘other drugs’.

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Smoking saves £14.7 billion

Smoking saves £14.7 billion

| August 8, 2017

If a ‘fact’ is repeated often enough, that fact becomes part of the background on which we judge whatever it is the fact relates to, which is fine if the fact is a fact.

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Tough on tobacco

Tough on tobacco

| August 7, 2017

Armenia looks set to introduce new regulations that will toughen its stance against tobacco and, presumably, bring in additional revenue for the government.

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Healthy use of sin taxes

Healthy use of sin taxes

| August 7, 2017

It might seem obvious that sin taxes should be used to reduce sinning and help mitigate against the negative effects of sinning. But mostly, such taxes are not ring-fenced in this way.

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Tax spending diverted

Tax spending diverted

| August 3, 2017

In theory, South Korea’s additional cigarette-tax revenues should be spent on health care associated with tobacco-related diseases; but in practice they aren’t.

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Earnings hit in Indonesia

Earnings hit in Indonesia

| August 2, 2017

A perfect storm of tax increases, anti-tobacco regulations and fierce competition have taken their toll on the earnings of Indonesia’s big cigarette manufacturers.

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HNB status unclear

HNB status unclear

| August 1, 2017

In the Czech Republic, as in many other countries, regulatory authorities are having to get to grips with another nicotine device – heat-not-burn products.

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Illegal trade targeted

Illegal trade targeted

| August 1, 2017

UK travellers are this summer being warned about the consequences of becoming involved in the illegal trade in tobacco products.

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Prices linked to poverty

Prices linked to poverty

| July 28, 2017

A study has found that, in brief, increases in cigarette prices can make the financially less-well-off even poorer.

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Taxing smokers

Taxing smokers

| July 26, 2017

Governments, it seems, must be convinced that they would be acting in their own best revenue-interests before they enact ‘effective’, tobacco-product taxation policies.

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Forum on securing taxes

Forum on securing taxes

| July 26, 2017

The 2018 Tax Stamp Forum is due to be held in Kenya, in May.

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Cigarettes top list of fakes

Cigarettes top list of fakes

| July 24, 2017

Nearly a quarter of the counterfeit products seized last year at the EU’s external borders were cigarettes.

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Hard times for smokers

Hard times for smokers

| July 24, 2017

New regulations being proposed in Israel would require cigarette advertisements in newspapers or online to be accompanied by public notices telling of the dangers of smoking.

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2045 smoke-free target

2045 smoke-free target

| July 21, 2017

Compared with the targets being set by some other countries, Malaysia’s target of becoming tobacco-smoke-free by 2045 seems less than ambitious, but at least it’s something to aim at.

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Tax deal edges closer

Tax deal edges closer

| July 21, 2017

The acceptance of an initial payment of about P3.5 billion toward the liabilities of the Philippines’ Mighty Corp seems to be the harbinger of a final resolution of this tax dispute.

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WHO report published

WHO report published

| July 20, 2017

One of the most interesting questions to arise from the latest WHO tobacco report concerns why, after four and a half years, has its illegal-trade protocol not entered into force.

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