20 ¢ tax per cigarette in force in three months

by Jenny Novac on March 26, 2012

The collection of a tax of 20 ¢ per cigarette shall be effective three months or so, when regulating the new smoking ban, which was signed yesterday at the Presidential House.

Cigarette Lighting

Lighting up a cigarette by means of a lighter

This tax will force consumers to pay snuff ¢ 400 for each additional pack of cigarettes.

This was confirmed last night the deputy minister of Finance, Rowland Espinosa. He said they are in defining the charging mechanism, which has yet to establish whether charged directly to the tobacco retailer or end.

Proceeds for this tax year is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases associated with smoking, now will cost ¢ 72,000 million to the Social Security Fund.

Funds will also be the treatment of patients with cancer and prevention campaigns and dissemination of the Law According to the Ministry of Health, this tax will generate annual revenue of ¢ 68,000 million.

David Sancho, spokesman for the National Anti-Tobacco Network (Renata), said that the wording of the regulation is “well advanced”, although the Act provides up to three months for approval.

The Office of Laws and Decrees of the Presidential Palace confirmed that the Control Act of Snuff and its harmful health effects will be sent today to the Official Gazette for publication.

Jorge Vargas, director of the National Press, said that if the rule goes as planned, will be published next Monday.

Yesterday, after the signing of the Act, the president, Laura Chinchilla, lamented that deputies will take more than a year to approve it.

“The Executive is committed, from now on, to complete this rulemaking within a reasonable time to enforce this rule. We also have a commitment to seek snuff industry face the risk of smuggling, “he added.

The Act, which seeks to discourage the consumption of snuff, also prohibits smoking in public places like bars, restaurants, cinemas, bus stops and workplaces.

Who smoke in prohibited areas, for example, is exposed to a fine of ¢ 36,000.

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