Category: Tax

Taxing harm reduction

Taxing harm reduction

| June 2, 2017

While many observers see electronic cigarettes as part of a new wave of harm reduction, Bangladesh’s Finance Minister lumps them with traditional cigarettes.

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China’s slow ‘progress’

China’s slow ‘progress’

| June 1, 2017

More than half of China’s 316 million smokers have no intention of quitting their habit, but the World Health Organization is bent on making them change their minds.

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Tobacco, marijuana go head-to-head

Tobacco, marijuana go head-to-head

| May 31, 2017

There seems to be a ‘disturbing degree of incoherence’ in Canada’s approach to tobacco and marijuana. But then Canada is not alone in suffering such a policies imbalance.

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Retailers call for restraint

Retailers call for restraint

| May 30, 2017

Retailers operating in Sri Lanka have called on the government to exercise restraint in respect of tobacco regulations so as not to eviscerate, suddenly and drastically, their businesses.

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Smokers work around TPD

Smokers work around TPD

| May 23, 2017

Smokers in the UK seem to have been getting their retaliation in first. Illegal sales increased in the run-up to the full implementation of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive on May 20.

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Health funds unused

Health funds unused

| May 19, 2017

Money taken from smokers as part of a government ‘health development surcharge’ has done nobody any good because, three years down the line, it lies unused.

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Calling for tax increase

Calling for tax increase

| May 17, 2017

The direct and indirect costs of smoking in Indonesia amounts to trillions of rupiah; so the Health Ministry is calling for tax increases.

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Tax key to illegal trade

Tax key to illegal trade

| May 16, 2017

A report by the EU Commission on the illegal trade in tobacco products recommends reducing the ‘incentives’ to those involved in the trade by reducing tax differentials.

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Mighty in talks over future

Mighty in talks over future

| May 16, 2017

Some observers believe that Mighty Corp could alleviate its present problems with the Philippines’ tax authorities if it were to be acquired by another tobacco player.

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Tax on e-cigs should be zero

Tax on e-cigs should be zero

| May 15, 2017

The importance of the role of electronic cigarettes in substituting for traditional tobacco cigarettes means that the former should not be subjected to excise tax.

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Limited tax increase plea

Limited tax increase plea

| May 15, 2017

An economic slowdown in Indonesia has led to the manufacturers of white-stick cigarettes asking the government to limit any tax increase to five percent.

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Huge tax increase in Taiwan

Huge tax increase in Taiwan

| May 12, 2017

Taiwan is making no bones about the fact that a huge cigarette tax rise is being imposed so as to raise much-needed revenue. That it might force some to quit smoking is in the background.

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Considering fairer taxes

Considering fairer taxes

| May 11, 2017

Whether what is being considered is workable or not; at least South Korea’s new regime is trying to address the regressive nature of cigarette taxes.

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Illegal trade up 90 percent

Illegal trade up 90 percent

| May 9, 2017

The Indian government’s strategy of increasing taxes on cigarettes to reduce smoking is feeding demand for illicit cigarettes; the presence of which on the market is undermining that strategy.

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Warnings up to 90 percent

Warnings up to 90 percent

| May 9, 2017

Nepalese smokers could in future be confronted with 90-percent graphic health warnings and assailed by tax hikes.

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New taxes add fuel to fire

New taxes add fuel to fire

| May 1, 2017

Despite having an illegal tobacco trade that is already burning furiously, the Canadian province of Ontario has decided to add fuel to the fire with further cigarette tax increases.

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Consumption increased

Consumption increased

| May 1, 2017

Sri Lanka is debating how it might reverse an increasing trend in cigarette consumption, which went from about 3.6 billion in 2014 to about 3.8 billion in 2016.

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Tax increases ruled out

Tax increases ruled out

| April 28, 2017

A candidate in South Korea’s forthcoming presidential elections has vowed to return cigarette prices to the levels of 2014 – before a huge tax increase on January 1, 2015.

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Prices taxing for vulnerable

Prices taxing for vulnerable

| April 26, 2017

There seems to be growing concern even outside tobacco-industry circles about the negative effects that cigarette tax hikes have on many vulnerable smokers.

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Tobacco seeds zero rated

Tobacco seeds zero rated

| April 26, 2017

Tobacco seeds imported into Azerbaijan, which were subject to a three percent duty, will, from the end of next month, be zero rated.

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