Tobacco taxes rise 17% in Jamaica: not enough says FCA member

13 May 2016


“The JCTC encourages (Minister of Finance Audley Shaw) to make this the beginning of a stepwise increase in tobacco taxes in the interest of meeting both public health and revenue targets,” said the organization in a press release.

The increase will be applied to a special consumption tax (SCT), which will move from 12 Jamaican dollars to 14 dollars per stick, said the press release. “In addition, the JCTC recommends that the Government of Jamaica adjust the SCT on an annual basis to ensure that, at a minimum, the SCT increases by the inflation rate,” said the press release.

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