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  1. News - Hong Kong - SMOKING

    Cigarette tax still failing to meet international standard

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:13pm

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Increase of tax by HK$4 per pack fails to meet 70% level recommended by WHO, as some manufacturers have raised their prices Tax on cigarettes is still failing ... of the council, said on Thursday that government efforts to increase the amount of tax to the 70 per cent level recommended by the WHO had failed because some cigarette manufacturers had responded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1441746/cigarette-tax-still-failing-meet-international-standard
  2. News - Hong Kong - TOBACCO

    Newspaper vendors say tobacco-tax hike could force them out of business

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:31pm by LO WEI

    ... considers raising the tax on tobacco, newspaper vendors are fretting over the impact to their cigarette sales – with some worrying it may even force them out of business. Selling cigarettes brings in about a third of the average stall owner’s income according to Liu Sair-ching, chairman of the Coalition of Hong Kong Newspaper and Magazine Merchants. Since the government last raised the tax ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1425160/newspaper-vendors-say-tobacco-tax-hike-could-force-them-out-business
  3. Comment - Letters

    Budget must increase cigarette tax

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Tobacco tax hike can lead to reduction in number of smokers This is a last-ditch public attempt to persuade the government to introduce tobacco tax increases in the budget on February 27, ... tobacco tax increases as "pro-poor" as they would reap a substantial proportion of the health benefits of reduced smoking. Rises in tobacco duty are recognised by the World Bank, World ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1152713/budget-must-increase-cigarette-tax
  4. News - World - TOBACCO

    Russia plans to ban tobacco advertising and raise taxes on cigarettes

    Posted Oct 18th 2012, 12:00am by Reuters in Moscow

    ... Reuters in Moscow A bill aims to ban tobacco advertising and raise taxes on cigarettes in a country where 400,000 people die each year of smoking-related causes Russia targets smokers amid health crisis Russia is cracking down on smoking with a bill to ban tobacco advertising and raise taxes on cigarettes to help tackle a public health crisis in the world's second largest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1063355/russia-plans-ban-tobacco-advertising-and-raise-taxes-cigarettes
  5. Hong Kong's failure to raise tobacco tax will take its toll on city's youth

    Posted Feb 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... health measure to stop youth smoking. The vast majority of nicotine addicts start smoking when they're in the 10-19 age group. There was no tobacco tax increase in the 2012 budget despite ... that in 2009, 383,000 10-19 year olds started smoking; in 2010 the number grew to 383,900. The situation cried out for a realistic preventative tax increase but was ignored by this business-friendly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/991941/hong-kongs-failure-raise-tobacco-tax-will-take-its-toll-citys-youth
  6. High tobacco tax increase has led to large drop in sales of cigarettes

    Posted Jul 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the letter from Markus Shaw ('A lot of puff about new cigarette tax', June 23). Yet again Mr Shaw seeks to repeat the PR spin of big tobacco by attempting to equate ... 11 per cent of the deaths attributable to smoking, while smoking itself is a serious form of air pollution. Mr Shaw states the increased tax will deny 'pleasure' to the poor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972590/high-tobacco-tax-increase-has-led-large-drop-sales-cigarettes
  7. Push for higher tobacco tax

    Posted Jun 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Phila Siu The health chief wrote a column in Chinese-language newspapers yesterday to try to get support for a higher tobacco tax. The government proposes a rise of 41.5 per cent in tobacco tax. The Legislative Council will vote on the increase tomorrow. If this is passed, it will be the second tobacco tax increase in the last decade. A 50 per cent rise was imposed in 2009. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970528/push-higher-tobacco-tax
  8. Lawmakers approve tobacco tax increase

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Yuk-hang yukhang.ng@scmp.com In a vote hailed for helping Hong Kong shake the smoking habit, a divided Legislative Council has approved the controversial 41.5 per cent tobacco tax rise. Thirty-three lawmakers voted for the tax increase, eight opposed it and 12 abstained. Those who voted in favour included members of the Democratic Party and Civic Party. Lawmakers from the Democratic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970722/lawmakers-approve-tobacco-tax-increase
  9. Battle over tobacco tax rise nears its peak

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Yuk-hang yukhang.ng@scmp.com Hong Kong risks becoming an international laughing stock if lawmakers vote down the government's proposed tobacco tax increase this week, the Council on Smoking and Health warned yesterday. Legislators will vote on Wednesday whether to approve a 41.5 per cent increase in the tobacco tax that was announced in the budget four months ago. The tobacco ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/970493/battle-over-tobacco-tax-rise-nears-its-peak
  10. Tobacco tax increase must not be voted down

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... by this year's budget, which seems to get ever deeper. Taxing people, only to give them back the cash, is not the soundest public finance policy, although this has become the standard political response to demands from the public whenever there is a big surplus. But the latest twist in the budget saga could see the government taxing smokers, only to then give some of those proceeds back ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/966169/tobacco-tax-increase-must-not-be-voted-down

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