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The government could potentially lose as much as US$1.43 billion in taxes from cigarettes and vaping products due to poor enforcement against smugglers, Japan Tobacco International Berhad (JTI Malaysia) recently announced. Read more

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A US Government Accountability Office report found that the federal government lost out on US$2.5-3.9 billion in revenue since 2009 by not taxing pipe tobacco products at the same higher rate of cigarettes. Read more

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The ministry of health and sports is planning to annually raise taxes on tobacco and tobacco-related products. Read more

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Since June 15, 100% tax on tobacco, alcohol, energy drinks, and pork meat is levied in Oman. Read more

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Tobacco farmers are calling on political parties to help ease the impact of the 40% excise tax rise on cigarettes that is scheduled to come into effect October 1 this year. Read more

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Francois van der Merwe, chair of the Tobacco Institute of South Africa,  has defended the institute’s tobacco company members, saying none of its members have ever fallen foul of their tax obligations in South Africa. Read more

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Cigarette manufacturer King Mountain Tobacco asks the US Supreme Court review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision ordering the company to pay about US$58 million in unpaid federal excise taxes. Read more

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Tax stamps are now becoming even more critical as an additional security feature on consumer goods, particularly on tobacco products. Read more

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Senators are considering a possible increase of excise taxes on tobacco products to fund the proposed universal health care program. Read more

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A special committee of the Pakistan Senate met early August to look into the decline in revenue from the tobacco industry. Read more

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The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union claims the New Zealand government is choosing to pursue tax revenues instead of helping smokers quit. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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

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

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From the Associate editor

Jumping the Gun with E-Cig Bans?

Food for thought: could this rush to ban e-cigarettes and flavors actually backfire on public health?

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