SINGAPORE – Smokers will have to pay more for cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco from Tuesday, as the Government moves to raise such excise duties by 15 per cent.
The increase in excise duty for all tobacco products is expected to generate about $100 million in additional revenue a year, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, who delivered the Budget on Tuesday.
Users will now have to fork out 49.1 cents for every cigarette, up from the current tax of 42.7 cents per stick.
This means a 20-stick packet of Marlboro cigarettes is now expected to be sold at $15.52, up from the previous $14, said the Ministry of Finance.
It added that the excise tax incidence on the packet of cigarettes will be around 75 per cent before goods and services tax.
The excise tax incidence measures the excise duties levied on a pack of tobacco cigarettes as a proportion of the total retail price.
“This is comparable to countries such as New Zealand, France and Australia,” the ministry said in its reply to queries.
The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum 75 per cent tax share of the retail price of tobacco.
The duty levied on cigars will also go up to 49.1 cents per gram from the previous 42.7 cents, while that of smokeless tobacco products will now be 37.8 cents per gram, up from 32.9 cents.
Duties for cigarettes and other manufactured tobacco were last increased by 10 per cent in 2018, after a 10 per cent hike in 2014.
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