New Lancet report highlights tobacco taxation as a powerful tool to curb non-communicable diseases

A new report released by the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health titled Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation outlines a new pro-poor health investment plan to achieve dramatic health gains within a generation. The Commission, made up of global health and economic experts from around the world, found that there is an enormous benefit from investing in health and that fiscal policies – in particular tobacco taxes –  are a powerful and underused lever for curbing non-c...
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Global, local tobacco firms in brutal battle for market dominance

by BETING LAYGO DOLOR The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, a universal lobby against tobacco use, even the legalization of marijuana in many parts of the United States and Europe; It’s enough to cause cigar and cigarette manufacturers to reconsider whether they should stay in the industry or move on to other lines of business. A global brand like Dunhill, for example, has expanded to non-tobacco related products such as men’s apparel, leather goods and fragrances. It is a gr...
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Ministry of Health Recommends Tax Increase On Cigarettes

The Ministry of Health calls on the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to increase the tax on the importation of cigarettes in order to reduce the number of people who smoke, especially young people. According to the Ministry of Health General Director Jose Reis Magno, Timor-Leste is a member of the International Convention On Tobacco Control but it was difficult to stop people smoking in public places as it takes a long time to change people’s attitudes. “We are thinking of creating a poli...
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OAG decides to indict 12 Philip Morris execs

Bangkok Post, 3 Oct The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has decided to indict 12 executives of Philip Morris (Thailand) for allegedly under-declaring the value of its products to evade taxes. Attorney-General Athapol Yaisawang on Wednesday said former office chief Julasingh Vasantasingh had agreed to indict 12 out of 14 suspects, including four foreigners. Mr Julasingh signed the indictments before he retired on Oct 1. The suspects were alleged to have understated the price of impo...
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Cigarette prices go up today

KUALA LUMPUR: British American Tobacco Malaysia (BAT) is shocked over the 14 per cent increase of tobacco excise, describing it as "excessive". "Such a move will exacerbate the already high levels of illegal cigarettes in Malaysia," said managing director Stefano Clini. He said the announcement was "shocking and disappointing", adding the industry would have welcomed a more moderate and gradual approach as it was not opposed to excise increases. BAT had since announced an increase on the ...
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Calls grow for cigarette tax

Anti-smoking advocates called on the government yesterday to raise tariffs on cigarettes, touting the health and revenue-generating benefits of a sin tax widely applied in other countries. In a conference at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance showed that Cambodia has one of the lowest tobacco tax rates in the region as a percentage of retail prices. “We urge the Cambodian government to increase tobacco taxes to the same rate as other countries in As...
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Small Cigarette Price Rise to Boost Budget

The cost of cigarettes is set to increase by 6 percent, a rise that should inject an estimated $3.6 million into the national budget and reduce cigarette smoking by 9 percent, a World Health Organization (WHO) representative said Tuesday. Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on tobacco taxation in Phnom Penh, Yel Daravuth, national professional for the WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative, said that the minimal increase would be the result of excise on cigarettes rising from 10 percent to 20 perc...
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Workshop on the Regional Experience on Tobacco Tax

Last 5 July 2013, the “Workshop on the Regional Experience on Tobacco Tax” was held at Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam. In collaboration with the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) and HealthBridge Foundation of Canada, through its Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SEATCA/SITT), the Ministry of Finance organized a one-day workshop to share the experience of tobacco tax policies and control of tobacco smuggling in some countries in the ASEAN in order to provide the lessons and i...
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Why Tobacco Tax

Why tax tobacco? Tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable death globally, killing around six million people each year. In addition to these premature deaths, tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke results in huge economic costs, such as greater spending on medical treatment of tobacco-related diseases and productivity losses from sick days and disability. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) was developed in response to the globalization of the to...
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