Tobacco tax hike `not enough`

source: News24
2010-02-17 21:15

Johannesburg – The government squandered another opportunity to encourage smokers to quit and to raise revenues, the National Council Against Smoking said on Wednesday.

Council spokesperson Dr Yussuf Saloojee said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget increase of R1.24 more on a packet of 20 cigarettes was no surprise.

“[The] finance minister has obdurately stuck to a policy which keeps tobacco taxes low and so favours the tobacco companies at the expense of public health and government revenues,” he said.

He said tax on tobacco products in South Africa was [continue reading]

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