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May 14th, 2013:

Taiwan Proposes Tobacco Tax Hikes

Taiwan Proposes Tobacco Tax Hikes

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

14 May 2013

The Government has approved legislation, which will now require
parliamentary approval, to raise the tobacco tax and the Health and
Welfare Surcharge in Taiwan, thereby hiking the TWD70 (USD2.35) current
average price of a pack of cigarettes by TWD25.

The amendments to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act would increase the
present TWD1,000 Surcharge imposed on every 1,000 cigarettes to TWD2,000
(or TWD40 on each pack), while the tobacco tax on each pack would reach
TWD16.8, a rise of TWD5.

The Department of Health has confirmed that the tax increases are part of
government measures to fund health services and raise health standards in
Taiwan, and it has forecast that smoking in the country will fall by some
20 percent as a result of the measures.

The Department also said that the level of taxation on cigarettes, and
their price, will still remain relatively low by international standards,
and that, with the predicted fall in cigarette smoking, the Government
was likely to see a net fall in revenue of up to TWD585m.

UNITED STATES California cigarette tax hike clears Senate panels


California cigarette tax hike clears Senate panels

14 May 2013. Two state Senate committees have backed a measure to raise the state cigarette tax by USD 2 (EUR 1.54) per 20-pack, votes that come less than one year after California voters rejected a ballot proposition to hike the levy by half that amount, documents show.

Senate Bill 768 would raise the state cigarette tax by 10 cents per stick. The current state tax per pack of 20 is 87 cents, and has not been raised since 1998. California’s cigarette tax ranks it 33rd among the 50 US states, and the increase would put the state in fourth place, according to bill authors. The federal tax is USD 1.01.

Favourable recommendations in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee came on a 5-2 vote, and by a 6-2 margin in the Health panel.

Last June California voters narrowly rejected Proposition 29 to raise the excise levy by USD 1. (ci)