HMRC: Sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion

The Government launched a consultation on sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion. 

The consultation seeks view on proposals for new sanctions linked to the UK’s tobacco track and trace system, and extending HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) traceability enforcement powers to Trading Standards officers.

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DHSC: The impact of tobacco laws introduced between 2010 and 2016

DHSC are conducting a post-implementation review looking at the tobacco legislation introduced between 2010 and 2016. The review considers how effective tobacco legislation has been in:

  • discouraging young people from taking up smoking and vaping
  • encouraging existing smokers to quit
  • protecting others from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke

The legislation introduced during this time includes bans on:

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London: Draft Health Inequalities Strategy

The Mayor of London has launched his Draft Health Inequalities strategy to help create a healthier and fairer society, and to help make the healthier choice easier for everyone, including the most disadvantaged.

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EU Commission: Tobacco Track and Trace

The EU Commission have launched a consultation on the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products (also known as ‘track and trace’), which will require all unit packets of tobacco products to be marked with a unique identifier and their movements tracked throughout the European Union from May 2019. ‘Track and Trace’ was one of the measures implemented by the EU Revised Tobacco Products Directive.

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HM Treasury: Tax treatment of heated tobacco products

The government is consulting on the tax treatment of heated tobacco products. The consultation looks at defining what a heated tobacco product is, how duty should be calculated, what the duty rate should be set at, and how it should be administered.

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HM Treasury: Finance Bill 2017

HM Treasury has launched a consultation on draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2017. Draft provisions included in the Finance Bill include the Soft Drinks Industry Levy and a Minimum Excise Tax for cigarettes.

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Welsh Assembly: Public Health (Wales) Bill

The Health and Social Care Committee is calling for evidence on the general principles of the Public Health (Wales) Bill. The Public Health (Wales) Bill sets out a series of proposals in priority areas of public health policy. The Bill includes provision for tobacco and nicotine products, including:

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