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Tobacco tax increase - Snus

The Swedish Government has DOUBLED the TAX on smokeless tobacco in Sweden starting 1:st of January 2007. Unfortunately this also affects you that live in EU. When you have to pay the Swedish VAT and tobacco tax the snus has been much more expensive for you. When the tax is based on the tobacco weight the loose-weight snus have had the largest price increase.
Hans Lindblad, the tax secretary for the department of finance says:
- We suggested a bigger tax increase on oral smokeless tobacco compared to cigarettes because among other factors, the tax on oral smokeless tobacco is a lot lower than cigarette taxes. As well, it is easier to increase taxes on oral smokeless tobacco because the risks of oral smokeless tobacco smuggling are not the same as in the case of cigarette smuggling.
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