Raising ’sin’ taxes could spur smuggling, Canadian group warns

Raising taxes on tobacco could mean more money for smugglers, not the government, a Canada-based group against tobacco smuggling said.

Raising taxes on tobacco could mean more money for smugglers, not the government, a Canada-based group against tobacco smuggling said.

 

Jefferson Antiporda of the Manila Times reports the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco has written Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to warn against a possible rise in tobacco smuggling if the government raises "sin" taxes.  Canada loses $2.1 billion in taxes each year because of smuggled cigarettes, the report quotes NCACT as saying.

 

NCACT spokesman Gary Grant said raising tobacco taxes in Canada put money in smugglers’ pockets, helped fund criminal gangs, and led to a higher incidence of smoking among teens. He said, though, that "no two countries are exactly alike."

 

Congress is deliberating on raising taxes on tobacco and alcohol, with a bill filed by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago seeking to collect P60 billion in taxes from those products.

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