18 Feb '12, 4am

#SGbudget: Higher taxes on non-cigarette tobacco items

#SGbudget: Higher taxes on non-cigarette tobacco items

Loose tobacco leaves, being unfiltered, are seen as more dangerous than regular cigarettes. -- ST FILE PHOTOS Excise duties for non-cigarette tobacco products are going up. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said he would raise the duties for beedies, 'ang hoon' and smokeless tobacco by 20 per cent. The duties for unmanufactured tobacco will go up by 10 per cent. The changes started on Friday. They are a continuation of the Government's policy to harmonise tax rates on cigarette and non-cigarette tobacco products, which began last year. Then, taxes on non-cigarette tobacco products rose by 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Beedies, originating in India, are thin cigarettes filled with tobacco flakes and wrapped in a leaf. 'Ang hoon' refers to loose tobacco leaves that have to be hand-rolled into cigarettes. Such products, being unfiltered, are seen ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/The-Big-Story/The-Big-Story-1...

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