Category: Tax

New end game in sight

New end game in sight

| July 18, 2017

Talk of the tobacco-smoking end-game has been around for some time, but lately it has taken on a different form: one that offers smokers alternative products rather than nothing.

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Tobacco production secure

Tobacco production secure

| July 18, 2017

Even though they have been offered incentives to diversify into other crops and even though some diversification has occurred, tobacco growers in the Philippines seem happy to keep growing tobacco.

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Tracking questions

Tracking questions

| July 14, 2017

With time running out, questions are being asked about where the EU’ s tobacco-products tracking and tracing initiatives are heading.

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France is smoking

France is smoking

| July 14, 2017

It sounds like the start of a joke: How do you stop a Frenchman from smoking? But it seems to be a serious question without an easy answer.

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Tobacco’s ‘dirty war’

Tobacco’s ‘dirty war’

| July 13, 2017

The Guardian newspaper is scheduled to run a series of stories under the heading, Tobacco: a deadly business. The first, concentrating on Africa, appeared yesterday.

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Mighty tax story moves on

Mighty tax story moves on

| July 13, 2017

The long-running story of Mighty Corporation’s tax affairs could be drawing to a close if the Philippines’ tax authorities conclude that Mighty’s offer is one they cannot refuse.

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Is EU policy off track?

Is EU policy off track?

| July 10, 2017

Is tobacco-product tracking and tracing one of those issues where the answers outnumber the questions?

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IQOS under scrutiny

IQOS under scrutiny

| July 10, 2017

A lack of understanding about the differences between conventional cigarettes, heated-tobacco products and electronic cigarettes could lead to bad policy decisions in South Korea.

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Illegal trade on a high

Illegal trade on a high

| June 29, 2017

Following a cigarette tax increase and the introduction of VAT, sales of licit cigarettes in Sri Lanka have fallen sharply, while those of illicit products have taken wing.

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Heated-tobacco tax threat

Heated-tobacco tax threat

| June 28, 2017

A move to equalize the tax on cigarettes and heated-tobacco products is likely to send a message to Korean smokers that these two products pose the same level of risk.

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Tobacco fee proves taxing

Tobacco fee proves taxing

| June 27, 2017

Smokers, who are often financially impoverished, are called on to provide government revenues the rest of society won’t provide. At least some people seem to recognize that this is unfair.

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Support sought for clinics

Support sought for clinics

| June 27, 2017

The South Korean government, flush with a huge windfall of cigarette tax revenue, is being asked to use some of that money to support quit-smoking clinics.

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‘Smoke-free’ status sought

‘Smoke-free’ status sought

| June 23, 2017

In the world of tobacco, five percent seems to equal nothing; so a nation that has a smoking prevalence of less than five percent is ‘smoke-free’.

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Smokers are citizens

Smokers are citizens

| June 22, 2017

EU smokers are abused by societies in ways that would be seen as discrimination if they were applied to other people; so it is well that a group is standing up for them.

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Taxing smokers

Taxing smokers

| June 21, 2017

Governments around the world like nothing more than taxing smokers, even though smokers often make up the most financially disadvantaged groups.

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Lower taxes, more revenue

Lower taxes, more revenue

| June 19, 2017

The government of Pakistan’s decision to lower cigarette taxes so that licit cigarettes can better compete price-wise with illicit cigarettes has come under fire.

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Tax hit on Saudi smokers

Tax hit on Saudi smokers

| June 12, 2017

With revenue from crude oil down, Saudi Arabia has turned to the usual suspects to help fill the coffers. Smokers have been hit by a tax that has doubled the price of cigarettes.

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Suit over ‘cessation fee’

Suit over ‘cessation fee’

| June 12, 2017

Smokers in Oklahoma are being asked to pay, indirectly, for helping to fill a budget hole. But that request is being challenged.

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Income surcharge proposed

Income surcharge proposed

| June 6, 2017

Tobacco manufacturers in Bangladesh look likely to be hit with a 2.5 percent surcharge on their incomes from the sale of products such as cigarettes and bidis.

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Spend more to save more

Spend more to save more

| June 2, 2017

An expenditure of $7 million on anti-smoking programs is said to offer a future saving of $68 million in health care spending. So why spend only $7 million on such programs?

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