Tag - Taxation

Africa needs stronger weapons to tackle illicit, conflict-fuelling tobacco trade

The South African government has recently stepped up its efforts to address the country’s rampant illicit tobacco trade. The South African Revenue Service (SARS), facing a severe and persistent reduction of cigarette excise tax revenues, is now endeavouring to curb the illicit tobacco trade by enhancing inspections and search and seizure operations against cigarette companies and...

Dealers make tidy profits selling nicotine pouches despite ban

The sale of liquid nicotine and e-cigarettes has continued unabated despite a ban, with dealers making double-digit profits riding on the restriction. Anti-tobacco advocates and the National Parents Association(NPA) have also raised the alarm over the high number of school-going children who are getting hooked on smokeless tobacco products such as vapes, vaporisers, vape pens,...

Ghana must not falter in fight against illegal tobacco trade

Ghana is set to complete its ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, an international treaty under the aegis of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The move is a landmark step for a country where one in five cigarettes are sold illegally and an encouraging one, given the deleterious effects that the...

Pakistan: Call to increase taxes on tobacco

Country Representative of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Malik Imran Ahmad has said that Pakistan’s cigarette production has jumped around 90 per cent with the introduction of third-tier taxation. The government should introduce single-tier tobacco taxation and increase taxes to discourage smoking among children and the youth, he said, adding the third tier taxation system that...