Final Word from Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Any shift away from high-tax cigarettes to low- or no-tax heated products or e-cigarettes inevitably leads to lower collections of the excise tax, unless overall consumption or the tax rate rises. So it's clear what the finance ministry means when it says that a change in consumer purchasing preferences led to a Kč 2.3bn (6.9%) y/y decrease in tobacco-tax revenue in the first seven months. CEO Jacek Olczak of Philip Morris Int. was in Prague recently and praised the CR for its much lower tax on heated products, which allows for a higher profit margin. He told HN that his company will be able to halt production and sales of classic cigarettes within a very short time. Yet his European president, Massimo Andolina, boasted to FAZ about the importance to Ukraine of a new $30m factory near Lviv that is to open early next year. It is to produce 10bn classic cigarettes per year. Should the Czech state perhaps be proud that its tax policy for Iqos will help to fund production of Marlboros in Ukraine? [ Czech Republic electronic International regular IQOS ]

Glossary of difficult words

excise - a tax levied on certain goods and commodities produced or sold within a country and on licenses granted for certain activities;

to boast - to talk with pride and satisfaction about one's achievements, possessions or abilities.


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