State Duma Deputy from the LDPR Maxim Shingarkin introduced a bill increasing excise taxes on tobacco, whereby the average cost of one bundle in 2018 will increase to 178 rubles a Document posted on the website of the state Duma.
In 2016 the excise tax on cigarettes is 1,600 rubles per thousand +12% of the estimated value but not less than 2200 rubles per thousand pieces. By 2017, the Deputy proposes to increase it to 2650 rubles +13%, but not less than 3630 rubles per thousand cigarettes. In 2018, according to the proposal of the Deputy, the excise tax should increase to 4400 +is 13.5%, but its size should not be less than 6000 rubles.
In the explanatory note to the draft estimates, according to which after the increase of excise taxes average retail price per pack in 2017 is expected to grow to 127 rubles, and in 2018 — to 178 rubles in 2016, she is at 95 rubles.
The increase in excise duties the Deputy called one of the four most effective ways of combating Smoking, along with a ban on tobacco advertising, warnings about its dangers on the packs and create smokeless areas. The increase in excise taxes is the most effective measure, I’m sure Shingarkin.
“The excise duties on cigarettes in Russia is three times lower than in countries with effective tobacco-control policies. If in Russia in 2016 the size of the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes amounts to 33,6 rbl., in the European Union, the minimum rate of excise duty of €1,28 (100 rubles) for a pack of cigarettes for all countries, including new members such as Latvia, Bulgaria or Romania”, — stated in the explanatory Memorandum.
The increase in excise duties to 70% of the price of the bundle “is able to save the lives of more than 200 thousand Russians annually and bring to the Russian budget over $ 1 trillion. rubles annually,” adds the MP. He stressed that rising prices prevent initiation of Smoking and reduces the number of ex-smokers, starting to smoke again.
Earlier the Deputy from LDPR Dmitry Nosov has prepared a bill banning the sale of tobacco and cigarettes from 08:00 to 23:00. His proposal was criticized by fellow faction, Chairman of the Committee on health protection Sergey Furgal. He stressed that “it is a struggle not with Smoking but with smokers, and therefore citizens.”