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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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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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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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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Critique

  ASEAN Tobacco Tax Report Card 2014ASEAN Tobacco Tax Report Card  Executive Summary May 2014 Tobacco Tax for Health, A WIN-WIN for All SITT Year 4 Annual Report Working Hand in Hand for Tax Policy Reform. SITT Year 3 Annual Report The publication summarises the project progress and impact of the project on tobacco tax in five countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Vietnam) participating in SITT in 2012. It also analyses the challenges and a...
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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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