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Philippines’ Senate has approved a bill raising the excise taxes on tobacco products and imposing duties on vape products. Read more

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A report by University of Bath academics is accusing four cigarette companies of consistently paying less than the headline rate of UK corporation tax while paying hundreds of millions of pounds in tax overseas. 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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Senior officials at Oman’s Ministry of Health announced that tobacco tax will soon be doubled. Read more

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Egypt is aiming to raise its revenues from tobacco taxes by EGP7.072 billion (US$402 million) in the 2018-19 draft budget, targeting around EGP58.524 billion (US$3.33 billion.) Read more

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Senior officials at Oman’s Ministry of Health announced that tobacco tax will soon be doubled. Read more

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Dubai Duty Free has confirmed that new tobacco taxes do not apply to departing passengers from Dubai airports. Read more

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Japan’s tobacco tax revenue is likely to drop this year as more smokers switch to heat-not-burn products containing less tobacco. Read more

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The Thai Public Health Ministry has revealed an increased tobacco tax will be effective from July 4 in an effort to curb smoking, particularly among low-income smokers. Read 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%. Read more

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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria wants a minimum of 150% special levies on all tobacco products. Read more

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Jamaican Ministry of Health advises that portfolio minister Dr. Christopher Tufton and his team are actively evaluating the World Health Organization’s call for heavy taxation on tax tobacco industry. Read more

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Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc.announced that it will be closing its leaf depots in Anuradhapura and Sigiriya due to the impact of tax hikes, despite an increase in profits reported last year. Read 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. Read 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. 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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