UK Cigarette Firm Criticised Over Laos Tobacco Tax Deal

A British tobacco giant has been accused of depriving taxpayers in Laos, one of Asia’s poorest countries, of tens of millions of pounds, having struck a special tax deal with its government lasting a quarter of a century.
Health campaigners claim the agreement has kept cigarette prices in the country low, which encourages younger people to take up smoking.
But Imperial Tobacco, which accounts for around 90% of all cigarettes sold in Laos, has fiercely defended the deal between ….

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