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LEGCO endorses tobacco tax rise

15-06-2011 RTHK
Legislative councillors have endorsed a controversial government proposal to raise tobacco tax by 41.5 percent. The vote was thirty-three members in favour, with eight against and twelve abstaining.

Members earlier rejected an amendment proposed by the chairwoman of the New People’s Party, Regina Ip, seeking to introduce the rise in phases. Most pan-democrat legislators backed the increase in tobacco duty. The pro-business Liberal Party opposed it, while the DAB abstained in the vote.

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