If research by the University of Bath is correct, Imperial Brands and British American Tobacco are not paying their way in the UK.
The critical factor in determining a sensible tax increase is whether that increase keeps the price of the product at a level that the average consumer deems fair.
The World Bank has come up with an answer of sorts to criticism that Davos attendees were shy about taxing the rich: at least ensure that impoverished smokers pay up big time.
Once the vaping genie is out of the bottle, it is hard to stuff it back in, even in the unlikely event that you want to; so, at this point, it’s probably best to rely on regulation rather than bans.
Given that their interests overlap, it is not unreasonable that a taxpayers’ organization should have connections with tobacco companies, provided those links are transparent.
It is not made clear why smokers alone should be made to top up the Philippines’ Universal Health Care program with funds from a massive cigarette tax increase.
Heat-not-burn cigarettes are gaining market share in South Korea, indicating that smokers know what’s better for them.
A Bulgarian member of the EU Parliament seems to have raised an important point about customs checks, especially given concerns over the illegal trade in tobacco products.