Tag - Tobacco taxes

New e-cigarette and vaping rules planned for South Africa

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) says it has established a National Technical Committee (TC) to develop South African National Standards to guide the use of e-cigarette and vaping products. Currently, there are no guidelines or regulations for vaping production in South Africa, and the SABS will be responsible for setting guidelines and promoting...

CISLAC to FG, raise tobacco taxes now to save lives of Nigerians

As death toll continues to rise from non-communicable diseases in Nigeria, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Tuesday, tasked the Federal Government to raise tobacco taxes to save huge number of Nigerians dying annually.  The Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, made the call in an address of welcome, at the launch of ‘Research...

Parliament urged to uphold proposed taxes on nicotine products

National Assembly Finance and Planning Committee has been asked to either uphold or increase the proposed taxes on nicotine and cigarettes. The National Assembly Finance and Planning Committee has been carrying out public hearings on the Finance Bill 2022 and table its recommendations this week. Members of the National Assembly will then debate the recommendations and...

Kenya: Uphold Increased Nicotine Taxes, Health Experts Tell MPs

KIAMBU, Kenya, Apr 12 – Health experts and civil society advocates have pleaded with Members of the National Assembly to retain or even increase the proposed tax on liquid nicotine. Last week Thursday, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani proposed to change the taxation regime for liquid nicotine from the current shillings per unit to an...

Tax increases combined with tobacco control measures can help achieve Healthy People 2030 goal

The US will miss its 5% smoking prevalence target by 2030, known as Healthy People 2030, without hiking taxes on cigarettes, finds an analysis published online in the journal Tobacco Control. Only 5 states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on track to meet this goal; the other 45 states will need to raise excise...

Hiking tobacco taxes will help tame America’s most enduring epidemic

As the nation staggers through the pandemic, most remain oblivious to the epidemics that plagued Americans' health before Covid-19 struck -- and will continue to do so long after it subsides. The opioid crisis, obesity and the continuing toll from tobacco use are all critical public health threats. Of these, reducing the persistent use of...

Hike tobacco excise tax – WHO

 The government should consider increasing excise taxes on tobacco products to at least 75 percent of the average retail price to generate additional revenue for COVID-19 measures. Jeremias Paul Jr., a former undersecretary at the Department of Finance who now leads the World Health Organization (WHO)’s fiscal policy unit, said raising tobacco taxes would also...

Malaysia: Reducing the harm of tobacco for real

Once upon a time, menthol cigarettes were regularly (but falsely) marketed by its makers as a less harsh and less harmful alternative to “normal” cigarettes. Menthol is a compound that has a minty cooling effect when added to cigarettes. It also has the additional advantage of blocking pain receptors in the mouth and throat. Instead of being...

BAT explores new export markets as Kenyan sales dip

British American Tobacco  (BAT) Kenya is seeking new exports markets to compensate for lower consumption of cigarettes in Kenya. The firm is targeting Djibouti, Madagascar and South Sudan with cigarettes, cut rag tobacco and tobacco-free oral nicotine pouches, Lyft. Sales from the Kenyan market dropped 13.8 percent to Sh11.6 billion last year on reduced consumption cigarettes...

Tobacco industry pricing strategies in response to excise tax policies: a systematic review

Abstract Objective To explore what is known about the tobacco industry’s (TI) price-based responses to tobacco excise tax policies and whether these vary by country income group using a systematic review. Data sources Studies assessing TI pricing tactics were identified via searches of five online databases using a combination of search keywords. Study selection Inclusion criteria were applied by two...