Posts Tagged ‘Alcohol’

High alcohol, cigarette taxes in Turkey promote smuggling, fraud

Smuggling and fraud involving alcoholic drinks and cigarettes is growing rapidly in Turkey, recent inspections by the country’s Revenues Administration have revealed. The number of cigarettes without a tax label has doubled in one year, hurting tax revenues, the official data gathered by the Anatolia news agency showed. ... read more >>

New Zealand inflation rate at 30-month high

WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s inflation rate hit a two-and-a-half-year high in the 12 months to March on the back of rising fuel, alcohol and tobacco prices, official data released Monday showed. Statistics New Zealand said consumer prices increased 0.8 percent in the January-March quarter, taking the annual inflation rate to 4.5 percent, the highest since September 2008. ... read more >>

Pro & Con: Legislature right to keep tobacco taxes out of tax plan?

After decades of increasing tobacco taxes at the federal, state and local levels, some states are beginning to buck this fiscally burdensome and irresponsible trend. On March 17, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut the state’s cigarette tax by a dime, to $1.68 per pack. Two other states with high tobacco taxes — New Jersey and Rhode Island — also are considering proposals to reduce taxes on tobacco products to make their state’s tax rates more competitive. ... read more >>

Cost of cigarettes and alcohol to increase tonight

Cigarette smokers face a jump of up to 50 pence on a packet of 20 from 6pm today despite the Chancellor sticking to Labour’s previously announced plans to raise tobacco duty by 2 per cent above inflation, the tobacco industry said. The price of a pint of beer is also set to rise by up to 10p, with campaigner warning more pubs will close and thousands of jobs lost after the Government pressed ahead with planned alcohol tax rises. ... read more >>

Inflation shows clothing and heating up, alcohol and tobacco down

Inflation on the consumer prices index (CPI) was driven higher in February by domestic heating and clothing costs, official data reveals. Ahead of tomorrow’s Budget speech by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, figures from the Office of National Statistics show CPI hit 4.4 per cent in February. ... read more >>

Tobacco and alcohol seized from Flint and Chester in operation

ALMOST 20,000 cigarettes, 165 litres of alcohol and 31 kilos of tobacco were seized after operations were carried out in Flint, Chester and the rest of the region. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) carried out the exercise in North Wales last week. Officers found almost 15,000 smuggled cigarettes and 6.7 kilos of tobacco in a house in Chester and illegally smuggled alcohol and tobacco products were found in Flint. ... read more >>

Bills on herbal snuff, tobacco, alcohol advance

LITTLE ROCK — Bills aimed at keeping herbal snuff, tobacco and alcohol away from minors cleared the House Rules Committee on today. Senate Bill 69 by Sen. Jimmy Jeffress, D-Crossett, would prohibit the sale of tobacco-less products that resemble chewing tobacco to people under 18. Jeffress told the committee that Walmart already does not sell the products to children. ... read more >>

Law Enforcement Check Out Bars, Stores for Mardi Gras

Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents are taking proactive action as they gear up for Mardi Gras. In the days leading up to the festivities, agents are cracking down on restaurants, bars and convenience stores that sell alcohol and tobacco products. ... read more >>

Fire fatalities mainly caused by careless smoking

A new report released by Alaska State Troopers says fire fatalities occurring in January over the past five years were mainly due to careless smoking, with substance abuse as a contributing factor. Almost 75 percent of these fires showed that alcohol or drug use was a contributing facto. ... read more >>

Cannabis brings on psychotic illness up to three years earlier in mentally ill

Alarming new research shows smoking cannabis can trigger psychotic illness such as schizophrenia almost three years earlier. A new report which analysed 83 studies involving 22,000 people found people vulnerable to mental health problems are likely to suffer symptoms at a much younger age by using the illicit drug. ... read more >>

Cigarette tax increase is back in the conversation

BOSTON — Just like a game of Whac-A-Mole, sin tax proposals keep popping up. State voters repealed the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol in a November ballot question. Now, health care advocates are pushing for a 50 percent hike in the excise tax on cigarettes. ... read more >>