Jessica Miller | November 16, 2012
Tobacco industries have no reason to complain about the sin tax ordinance because the in company will still be beneficial, according to a Palace official. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda brushed aside the appeal of the tobacco industries to defer the bill that would increase sin taxes on sin smoking products supposedly by 1,000 per cent. The plead of the tobacco firms, which instead sought for a “dispute that works for all of us,” was published in paid ads in several newspapers.
Jessica Miller | August 17, 2012
The Australian Government’s constitutional victory over well-known cigarette makers is hopping to control a new international move against tobacco marketing. The High Court’s finding that plain pack laws, due to come into force in December, are legal has set a previous that other countries including New Zealand, Britain and India are interested in following. In April the New Zealand Cabinet agreed in principle to follow Australia, subject to public consultation.
Jessica Miller | July 13, 2012
A series of unusual cigarette advertisements are set to crop up in UK-based publications over the coming weeks – you may have by now seen them. The adverts are part of a £2 million commercial campaign, launched by Japan Tobacco International (JTI), that calls into question the UK government’s conference on whether cigarette packs should be made plain. At the present, Australia is the only country to have enforced the legislation that will require that all smoking products be sold in plain packages, with no logos, images and no colors, even though health warnings will remain. The legislation will come into effect in December this year.
Jessica Miller | March 29, 2012
British American Tobacco Plc (BATS) said an Australian law prohibiting the display of tobacco companies’ logos, labels and trademarks “sterilizes” their intellectual property rights and must be declared unconstitutional. “The Commonwealth has assumed control over a substantial aspect of the plaintiff’s property, business, goodwill and reputation,” the cigarette maker said in a March 26 filing to the High Court of Australia. BAT, Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) (PM) and Imperial Tobacco Group Plc (IMT) are challenging the validity of the Australian law and will present their arguments against it in Canberra beginning April 17.
Jessica Miller | January 30, 2012
Tobacco companies have opposed a proposal to raise the tax on cigarettes that could see smokers pay Sh7 to the Treasury for every ten shillings spent on their products. The move is aimed at boosting government revenue and aligning Kenya’s taxation regime with international standards. The Institute of Legislative Affairs (ILA) is proposing that the Treasury increase taxes on cigarettes to an effective rate of 70 per cent, the internationally recommended level by the World Health Organisation (WHO).