NEWS: UK: Increasing Substance Use As Coping Mechanism

When the baby boomers were young, alcohol was marketed as a key part of a glamorous life and health risks were not as well known. Of additional concern is the increasing proportion of women using alcohol later in later life – after an onslaught of alcohol industry marketing trying to convert women to consumers…

NEWS: Thailand: Excise Tax Overhaul Affects Alcohol

The new excise tax will mark a substantial change in how Thailand computes taxes for products such as vehicles, alcohol, cigarettes, non-alcoholic drinks, batteries, crystal glass and air conditioners. The system replaces the existing ex-factory prices and cost, insurance and freight (CIF) values with suggested retail prices. The Excise Department hopes that the new basis will create a fairer system for manufacturers and importers after the revelation that some businesses were exploiting ex-factory and CIF values to understate their tax bills…

REPORT: Preventing NCDs With Integrated, Life-Cycle Approach In Maternal And Child Health Services

Maternal and child health service programmes across the reproductive health life-cycle are strongly positioned to play an important role in NCD prevention given early life influences on NCD risks and outcomes. Many non-health sectors can impact NCD risk, and the SDG’s emphasis on multisectorality supports the consideration of NCD risk reduction in many different sectoral programmes…

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Alcohol Tax Hike Unfolds Effects

An alcohol taxation increase, introduced by the government two years ago to curb alcohol-related harm, is showing its effects, as – for example – beer producers report shrinking profits.
Sri Lanka’s Lion Brewery Plc, reported a 315 million rupee profit in the June 2017 quarter helped by 600 million rupee insurance receipt while revenues fell and gross profits shrank after alcohol tax hikes in Sri Lanka are unfolding their effects…

NEWS: Myanmar: Plans To Increase Special Goods Tax

The Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Office of the Attorney General of Myanmar (OAG) and the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee are in deliberations over new draft rules to enact the Special Goods Tax Law.
The Special Goods Tax Law, which was enacted on January 25, 2016, aims to levy taxes on liquor, beer, wine and cigarettes, which are already taxed under the Commercial Tax Law…