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[Asia-pacific, Philippines] CTA: Alcohol, tobacco imported by Duty Free are VAT-free

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has granted a P93.36-million refund for erroneous value-added taxes (VATs) on alcohol and tobacco products imported by the state-owned Duty Free Philippines (DFP) for the second half of 2013. In a decision dated Dec. 12, t
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph)
added Dec 18, 2017 16:38
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[Philippines] Health advocates urge Duterte to veto tobacco tax rate in TRAIN Bill

Some doctors and health advocates want to change the provision on excise tax on tobacco products under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN)Bill. For them, the tax rate increase is insufficient and questionable as it only came into the pictur
UNTV (ph)
added Dec 18, 2017 16:37
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[Asia, India] Concern Over Panel Order On Sale Of Tobacco Products

CONFUSION REIGNS over the Town Vending Committee’s order directing street vendors selling cigarettes and tobacco products “to change their trade” by December 29 for registering themselves with the Administration...street-side cigarette vendors would no lo
Indian Express (in)
added Dec 18, 2017 16:31
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[UK] PICTURES: How a Southsea couple turned their home into a illegal tobacco factory

A MARRIED couple from Southsea have been found guilty of packaging illegal tobacco in a cot in their front room. Wu Xiao Xiong, 40, has been jailed for nine months, and his wife Chen Yu Lan, 41, was sentenced to nine months in jail suspended for two ye
Portsmouth News (uk)
added Dec 18, 2017 16:25
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[Asia-pacific, Europe, Philippines] Global tobacco protocol short of 6 countries to become international treaty in 2018

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade on Tobacco... But to date, only 34 countries party to the convention have ratified it. And in Asia Pacific, where billions of dollars are lost to government revenues from illicit tobacco trade, only one country, Mon
Devex
added Dec 18, 2017 16:23
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EDITORIAL: Why aren’t Missouri and Kansas spending tobacco settlement money on helping smokers kick the habit?

Missouri’s reluctance to spend any money to help people stop smoking is fiscally irresponsible... The state has more smokers than other states because it encourages the habit. The state’s tobacco tax — just 17 cents per pack — is the lowest in the nation
Kansas City (MO) Star
added Dec 18, 2017 16:21
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[Asia, India] 'High tax results in 5.6% drop in tobacco use in Rajasthan'

As per the survey, there has been decline in bidi smokers from 16% to 11.4% and in absolute numbers bidi users have come down to 58 lakh from 74 lakh. Still, their number is high compared to 14.3 lakh cigarette smokers in the state. Experts suggest that
Times of India
added Dec 18, 2017 16:14
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[West Virginia] EDITORIAL: Sunday Perspective: An ember of good news on tobacco

West Virginia’s horrible cigarette smoking rate is declining. While 28.6 percent of adults were addicted in 2011, just 24.8 percent were in 2016...That’s still considerably worse than America’s 15 percent national rate...“In high school students since 200
Charleston (WV) Sunday Gazette-Mail
added Dec 18, 2017 16:13
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Arkansas Senate: Tobacco Settlement funds spend many ways to improve health in Arkansas

At the December meeting of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission the governor made a surprise appearance. He wanted to thank commissioners for their help in providing home care and services to about 500 people with developmental disabilities.
Magnolia (AR) Reporter
added Dec 18, 2017 16:10
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[Kansas] Flame retardants cloud way for firefighters

Flame retardants can be a major threat to firefighters because when they burn, carcinogens are released into the air....The big shift to flame retardants came in the late 1970s and is traced directly to the tobacco industry...the industry spent millions
Hutchinson (KS) News
added Dec 18, 2017 16:06
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