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Hong Kong Gov't Urged To Double Tobacco Duty

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

01 December 2017


The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) has urged the Government to double tax on tobacco next year to help achieve smoking-reduction goals.

Duty on tobacco in Hong Kong is currently charged at HKD1,906 (USD244) per 1,000 cigarettes, equating to about HKD38 (USD4.80) per pack of 20. With an average pack costing HKD57 (USD7.30), the tax currently accounts for about two-thirds of the sale price. This is lower than the 75 percent minimum recommended by the World Health Organization, it said.

In a statement issued on November 30, COSH called for the current tax rate to be doubled, which would increase the tax per pack to HKD76.24 (USD9.75).

In a 2017 survey commissioned by COSH from the School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong, over 80 percent of respondents supported raising the tobacco tax in 2018.

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