More Taxes on Tobacco

The member countries of the Framework Convention for the Control of Tobacco have approved raising taxes on the tobacco industry.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This new document seeks to "... strengthen measures relating to applicable taxes and prices in order to reduce consumption and the number of deaths from consumption of tobacco, as it is closely related to the cost of the product."

Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that the new guideline "... Recommends Parties implement 'coherent policies' on tobacco taxes and consider the peculiarities of each country, without establishing, however, a common fixed level of tax for all of them. "

"... At the Moscow meeting methods were studies for using resources generated by these tax policies to finance public tobacco control strategies and, above all, to avoid the interference of the tobacco industry in decision-making."



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International Tobacco Festival in Nicaragua

December 2014

On January 14th 2015 the Nicaraguan Association of Tobacco will be organizing a festival in Estelí to promote cigars manufactured in the country and attract tasters from America and Europe.

The IV International Tobacco Festival called Puro Sabor Nicaragua 2015 expects the participation of 150 cigar connoisseurs from around the world.

Nicaragua: Cigar Exports to the U.S. Up 42%

April 2014

During 2013 sales of cigars to the U.S. market totaled $37 million, equivalent to 118.9 million units.

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Philip Morris Closes Plant in Guatemala

October 2012

Arguing that smuggled cigarettes account for up to 60% of consumption in Central America and because of excessive export regulations, the tobacco company has ceased its operations after 50 years of being in the country.

Tabacalera Centroamericana S.A. (Tacasa) closed its plant in Boca del Monte, where for 50 years it has produced cigarette brands like Marlboro Rubios y L&M.

Tobacco companies accused of intimidatory practices

June 2012

The Pan American Health Organization denounced the continued interference by the tobacco industry in the passing of antismoking laws in the countries of the Americas.

Washington, D.C., 31 May 2012 (PAHO/WHO) - The tobacco industry continues to interfere with tobacco control policies in the Americas and these efforts have intensified since the 2005 entry into force of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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