China Raises Tobacco Tax To Curb Smoking

From AFP:

China has raised on tobacco by six to 11 percent in an effort to pad state coffers and curb in the world’s largest cigarette market, according to the government and state press.

Tobacco wholesalers have also been hit with a five percent levy according to new tax rates that went into effect on May 1 but were announced over the weekend, the State Administration of Taxation said in a notice on its website.

“Efforts to increase the tobacco tax and lift tobacco prices have proven the most effective in reducing smoking among smokers of all income levels,” the China Daily quoted the Chinese Association of Tobacco Control as saying Monday.

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