Tobacco Tax


Still Defective: Asia Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2017 Report PDF 5.3mb
This critique, authored by Dr. Hana Ross, Principal Research Officer of the Economics of Tobacco Control Project at the University of Cape Town, uncovers the poor quality of data used by Oxford Economics (OE), identifies multiple deficiencies in OE’s study methodology, and exposes the deceptive presentation of the study results to provide distorted illicit tobacco data in Asia and attempt to promote tobacco as essential products.

Measures to Control the Tobacco Supply Chain
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This paper examines the implementation of key measures to control the supply chain and help in eliminating illicit trade in tobacco products in ASEAN specifically fiscal markings/excise tax stamps, tracking and tracing technologies, and licensing systems.

SEATCA Tobacco Tax Index 2019:
Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 6 in ASEAN Countries PDF 4.9mb
This report tracks implementation progress of tobacco tax policy against the WHO Framework convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 6 Guidelines in 10 ASEAN countries. It aims to identify and close gaps in and strengthen implementation of tobacco tax policies in each country. The Index shows that while some countries have made significant progress in formulating and implementing tobacco tax policies, the region as a whole has advanced slowly in the past few years, outpaced by economic and income growth. Most countries also do not have any long-term tobacco tax policies with regularly evaluated fiscal and public health targets. Important obstacles in some countries are their ineffective tobacco tax structures (e.g. Indonesia’s multi-tiered system or those with purely ad valorem tax systems) and weak tax administration (e.g. inadequate licensing and reporting requirements or lack of anti-forestalling measures), as well as tobacco industry interference in tobacco tax policy formulation (e.g. by claiming that implementing tobacco tax measures will lead to increased illicit trade and declines in tobacco tax revenue or create a burden for poor smokers) or in tax administration (e.g. through Codentify).SEATCA Tobacco Tax Index 2017 PDF 4.6mb

Review of Tobacco Leaf Import in Indonesia PDF 2.3mb

This report finds that the Indonesian Ministry of Trade Regulation No. 84/2017 on restrictions of tobacco import cannot be implemented because it runs contrary to other economic policies, trade agreements, and current practice that benefit the tobacco industry. Among other recommendations, there must be a policy coherence between the Regulation’s aim to reduce the problems facing tobacco farmers with the economic and trade policy and decisions, which benefits the business ventures in Indonesia.

Tobacco Industry Interference Undermined Tobacco Tax Policy in Indonesia PDF 1.3mb

The new report details how the tobacco industry used all possible avenues to interfere in the development of tobacco excise policy in Indonesia. The industry mobilized front groups, religious groups, academia, and research institutes, generating support to oppose tax increase and tiers simplification. Bahasa 13.mb

Cover_Final copy“Undermining Global Best Practice in Tobacco Taxation in the ASEAN Region – Review of ITIC’sASEAN Excise Tax Reform: A Resource Manual”

by Prof. Hana Ross, Principal Research Officer of the Economics of Tobacco Control at the University of Cape Town, is an academic review commissioned by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). The review of the manual’s section on tobacco taxation has revealed contradictions and inconsistencies when compared against international best practices and recommendations in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 6 Guidelines on tobacco tax and price measures, which 180 governments worldwide have committed to implement. 

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taxes prices coverTobacco Taxes and Prices in ASEAN : an Overview PDF 1.9mb

Governments can avail of several evidence-based interventions to reduce tobacco use, among which increasing tobacco taxes and prices is considered the most effective. Higher tobacco excise taxes can reduce tobacco consumption and save lives as well as generate more revenue for the government. The policy paper presents the comparison of cigarettes affordability cigarettes (in terms of Relative Income Prices (RIP)

Affordability and Impact on Consumption and Revenue

The economic growth coupled with low cigarette prices contribute directly to rising cigarette consumption, thus, there is a need to examine the level of cigarette affordability in terms of percentage of income used to purchase a pack of cigarettes, the trend of affordability over time, and the fiscal and public health impacts of tax increases. The policy paper is based on the research paper “Report on Cigarette Affordability and Impact of Tobacco Taxes” conducted in five ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Vietnam). It presents a brief factsheet of growing smoking prevalence and tobacco-related mortality in the country; much room to raise taxes; increasing nominal prices but declining real prices of cigarettes, thus raising affordability of cigarettes; positive fiscal and health impacts of increasing taxes as well as policy recommendations. A more in-depth discussion on research findings and analysis is also included.

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ASEAN Tobacco Tax Report Card: Regional Comparisons and Trends

Higher taxes are needed to curb tobacco consumption in the ASEAN region. The report presents an overview of current tobacco tax systems and a regional comparison across 10 ASEAN countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It also highlights tobacco consumption, cigarette price trends of the most popular local and foreign brands, government tobacco tax revenue trend as well as health care costs of tobacco consumption. Recommendations to advance tobacco tax in each country and the region are also included.

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SEATCA Initiatives on Tobacco Tax Annual Report

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