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Only one in four smokers in the UAE have changed their habits after the government introduced a 100% excise or “sin tax” last year. more

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Japan Tobacco’s expansion in the Philippines is seen as important for its growth in Asia Pacific, considering the tough operating environment faced elsewhere. more

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Indonesia is moving to stub out its booming e-cigarette sector by imposing a 57% tax on non-tobacco alternatives starting this summer. more

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Malaysia’s Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs estimates the government is losing about MYR8 billion in tax revenue annually due to the black market. more

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The European Commission has decided not to propose a harmonized approach for excise taxation of e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products until further information about these products is available. more

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Gulf Cooperation Council recently ratified and implemented a 100% excise tax on tobacco in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, to be followed by the other member countries. Here is a commentary on the cigarette landscape. more

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The Davao City Anti-Smoking Task Force is now planning to add the pollutant tax to all cigarette sellers in the city. more

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The Australian parliament has passed legislation to ensure parity in the taxation of manufactured cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco. more

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Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has rejected a request to raise taxes on rolling tobacco more

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Higher sin taxes have prompted cost-conscious smokers in the world’s second largest cigarette market to move from premium brands to cheaper ones. more

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has started imposing a 100% tax on tobacco and its derivatives starting since June 10. Energy drinks will also be taxed 100% while soft drinks will have a lower tax of 50%. more

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Obaid Al Tayer, the minister of state for financial affairs has announced that a new law on excise duty on tobacco as well as fizzy and energy drinks is expected to be issued this year. more

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The health ministry is seeking to tax all tobacco products, including bidis, at 28% as well as impose higher taxes under the new state goods and services tax (GST) bill. more

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An excise tax hike on tobacco products has been in effect since February, from 87% to 90%. more

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India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on February 1, a hike in excise duty on cigars, cheroots, pan masala, cigarettes, and other related tobacco products. more

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A value-added tax bill has been proposed in Egypt. If passed, the law would impose more financial burdens on Egyptians. more

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China will make laws on environmental protection tax, tonnage tax and tobacco leaf tax this year, according to the recently released annual work report of the country’s top legislature. more

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A study says the current excise and value added tax rates are insufficient to increase the prices of tobacco products, therefore making products affordable. more

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From the Associate editor

Cutting the Nose to Spite the Face

As the debate on the effects of e-cigarettes continues with new research coming out both for and against e-cigs, is it too soon to be banning them?

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