Tag - Tobacco taxes

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...

Countries share examples of how tobacco tax policies create win-wins for development, health and revenues

In 2018 only 38 countries, covering 14% of the global population had sufficiently high tobacco taxes - which means taxing at least 75% of the cost of these health-harming products. By implementing proven policies like tobacco taxes, the costs created by the tobacco industry to local communities and nation can be avoidable.  It is...

Study: Only 45% smokeless tobacco factories pay taxes in Bangladesh

91% of manufacturers produce SLT products manually in small, unmarked factories or houses A significant number of smokeless tobacco (SLT) manufacturers of Bangladesh have managed to avoid the government's tax net, according to a study by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). The study reveals that among the 483 SLT factories in the country, only 218...

India: Farmers’ body asks PM Modi to withdraw bill on cigarette, tobacco

Farmers' body asked PM Modi to recall the proposed bill to amend the law regarding cigarettes and other tobacco products. Farmers' body FAIFA on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recall the proposed bill to amend the law regarding cigarettes and other tobacco products saying it will be a death knell for Indian tobacco...

India: Raising Taxes on Tobacco Generates Revenue And Saves Lives

With the Covid-19 pandemic hitting the country’s economy hard, preparation of the Union budget for the next fiscal is a big challenge for the government this time. To set a course for economic recovery, the government needs funds to invest in the infrastructure and social sectors. Due to a slow-down in the economy, the...