Category: Tax

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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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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