A story about how criminals in Wales are using the illegal trade in tobacco products to make vast amounts of money fails to mention tobacco taxes even once.
Some of the families of tobacco growers in the Philippines are barely coping as cigarette tax increases force smokers to turn to illicit products.
A recent report makes the obvious but valid point that cigarette tax increases will have a limited impact on consumption in places where smokers have ready access to illicit products.
The provision of all-inclusive health coverage for Filipinos is an admirable aim, but it is a moot point whether smokers should pay a disproportionate amount for such community-wide care.
The EU Commission has confirmed that its tobacco-products tracking-and-tracing system ‘will be in place’ by May 20.
Smokers are suffering in Qatar as taxes are raised in part to fund public services that will be enjoyed by both smokers and non-smokers.
In Morocco, an increase in taxes on tobacco products is seen simply as a way of raising more cash for the Government.
Non-smokers in New Zealand welcomed the New Year in the knowledge that smokers would be paying even more tax and thereby funding public services that non-smokers could enjoy.
Pakistan’s illegal cigarette trade is a heavyweight, but last year saw it lose a few rounds.
There is an obvious flaw in the argument that increasing tobacco taxes can reduce smoking while paying for health care for everyone.