Tobacco sales in UAE to fall by 40 percent

Tobacco sales in UAE to fall by 40 percent

27 Sep 2017

This will be a direct result of the new tax coming into play

Incase you haven't heard, there will be a 100 percent tax on tobacco starting October 1.

If you're a smoker, there's no better time to quit than now!

An effective doubling of prices for a single pack of cigarettes will not only help boost national health coffers to fund public health services, it will also jump-start a healthier population by reducing cancer-causing products and their long-term diseases across the country, reports Khaleej Times.

The UAE is one of just 33 countries who have imposed such high taxation on smokers. Tobacco sales are expected to fall by a massive 40 percent following the implementation of the new tax, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“A tax increase that increases tobacco prices by 10 per cent decreases tobacco consumption by about 4 per cent in high-income countries and about 5 per cent in low- and middle-income countries,” said the WHO in a statement.

Based on this WHO formula, multiplying the percentage increase by 10 times to meet the 100 per cent excise tax coming into effect in the UAE, cigarette sales should fall accordingly to 40 per cent.

Tobacco usage numbers

  • Tobacco kills up to half its users
  • Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year around the globe
  • 6 million deaths are attributed directly to smoking
  • 890,000 deaths are caused by second-hand smoke.
  • 28.6 per cent of UAE males aged above 15 smoke cigarettes
  • 0.7 per cent of UAE females aged above 15 smoke cigarettes
Will you be curbing the habit?