SPDC proposes tobacco tax reform

According to a policy note released by the SPDC, to fulfil its long-term commitment to using tax and price measures to reduce tobacco consumption, the government must continue reforming the tobacco tax system by a) implementing significant excise tax increases to make cigarettes progressively more expensive and less affordable, b) incorporating an automatic inflation adjustment mechanism in the tax policy, c) moving to a uniform federal excise duty for all cigarette brands to simplify the tax system, and d) harmonizing excise taxation across all tobacco products.

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