SEATCA Insight Series Vol.6

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)’s specific program on tobacco taxation – the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT) – aims to reduce tobacco demand through price and tax measures as per Article 6 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) since October 2009, SEATCA implements this project in five low- and middle-income countries in ASEAN (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, and Vie...
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Purisima Aware of Tax Fraud

The Department of Finance is aware of the tax fraud committed by Mighty Corp. This is the reason Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima issued on Aug. l5, 2013 an “urgent and confidential memorandum” to Customs Commissioner Rozano Rufino B. Biazon, (resigned last month) BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares and Jeremias N. Paul, head of the domestic finance group of the DOF ordering them to “submit a written response evaluating the findings (of tax fraud) on or before Aug. 30, 2013, and explore th...
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Kevin Rudd flags increase to tobacco excise ahead of release of Government’s economic statement

By political reporter Latika Bourke Anti-smoking groups, buoyed by a pledge by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to "get serious" about the $35 billion cost of tobacco-related diseases in Australia, are urging him to solve his revenue problem by raising taxes on cigarettes. Announcing $19.5m in funding for cancer research in Sydney, Mr Rudd said today that cancer was a "number two killer" in Australia and therefore a "number one priority" for the Government. "Around 30 per cent of cancer is cau...
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TOBACCO INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO PROMOTE DEATH

MANILA, Philippines -­‐   This July marks the 7th month of the Sin Tax law’s implementation. As a response to the price hike, tobacco companies have developed strategies to undermine the health law. These strategies include “front-­‐loading” their production in 2012 to avoid paying the higher tax rate in 2013 and conducting marketing campaigns that continue to target the youth. Others have been selling their products at a loss or at a discounted price in  order  to  introduce  new  products  ...
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Raise cigarette tax by fourfold

DETERRING SMOKERS: It's the most effective way to reduce smoking among young, poor and women, says NGO KUALA LUMPUR: THE Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control has urged the government to increase up to fourfold the tax and prices of cigarettes to deter smokers and reduce  non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country. Its president, Dr Molly Cheah, said taxation and pricing were the most effective way to reduce smoking, especially among the young, low-income earners and women. "These gr...
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Cigarettes becoming more affordable in ASEAN; higher tobacco taxes needed

Jakarta, 10 June 2013:  Cigarettes are becoming cheaper and more affordable for most residents of Southeast Asia, the latest study from the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) says, underscoring the need for stronger and more effective tobacco tax policies across the region to curb tobacco use while also raising government revenues. The report “Affordability of Cigarettes and the Impact of Raising Tobacco Excise Taxes in the Southeast Asian Region”looked into cigarettes price...
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Regional Summary

Updated April 2013 Tobacco consumption is increasing in Asia. The Asia Pacific region alone accounts for 57.4% of the world smoking population. Current smoking prevalence in ASEAN countries (figures in percent)* * Note: Years in which prevalence surveys were conducted differ from country to country In addition, the annual cigarette consumption per capita in ASEAN countries is high in Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines Annual Cigarette Consumption Per Capita in ASEAN Countr...
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