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Thank you for a very useful update on tobacco tax in China. In Hong Kong we are also asking for a significant 100% tax increase in the 2017 budget (tobacco tax is currently 67% of retail price).
Even more, we are asking for long-term planning, such as they now have in Australia, with a 12.5% annual tax increase committed in advance (see refs below), and also New Zealand.
This avoids a huge waste of annual effort in lobbying for an increase in every annual budget.
Also, the WHO target of a 30% relative reduction in smoking prevalence by 2025 will not be reached unless tobacco tax in Hong Kong is substantially raised.
Australian references:
Esp 13.2 & 13.3