Tobacco duties set to rise

Taxation of alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco products is set to increase in the new fiscal year starting in April. Amendments to the Union Taxation Bill will see duties increase from 100 to 120 percent on cigarettes, and from 50 to 60 percent on tobacco. Burma is a signatory to the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but is reported to be significantly underachieving in meeting its responsibilities to limit tobacco use, as set out in the convention.