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日本烟草公司开展反对烟草提税请愿活动

2008年10月10日 来源:烟草在线据彭博报道编译 作者:
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  烟草在线据彭博报道编译  世界第三大上市卷烟制造商日本烟草公司,将召集消费者参加叫停政府提高烟草税收的活动。

  这家位于东京的公司于10月1日说,反对把卷烟零售价格提高三倍提议的消费者,通过手机或者在网上,在烟草零售商那里填写一份请愿书。日本政府拥有日本烟草公司50%的股权。

  这次活动是骆驼和柔和七星卷烟制造商打击较高烟草价格、下滑的吸烟率和控制占到其314亿美元国内烟草销售额一半的零售机的战争。6月份,立法者提议提高销售价格不到英国卷烟价格1/3的卷烟税收,为福利费用筹资。

  10月1日,总裁木村宏说:“提税可能会损毁日本烟草业。提高卷烟税收来增加总税收是不公平的。”

  较高的税收可能使日本的卷烟销售额很快下降,在过去40年内,因为健康意识提高了,男性吸烟的比例下降了一半,大约为40%。日本烟草在日本国内的卷烟销售收入下滑了9.4%,在截至3月份的12个月内,为2220亿日元(21亿美元)。

  日本烟草称,在公司计划于12月底结束的活动后,他将向政府提交请愿书。到那时日本政府将对提议的税收进行内部讨论。

Japan Tobacco Starts Petition Against Cigarette Tax Increase

By Maki Shiraki

  Oct.1 (Bloomberg) -- Japan Tobacco Inc., the world's third- largest publicly traded cigarette maker, will enlist customers in a campaign to stop the government from raising cigarette taxes.

  Consumers opposed to the proposal to increase retail cigarette prices by as much as threefold should fill in a petition at tobacco retailers, by mobile phone or on the Internet, the Tokyo-based company, which is 50 percent owned by the government, said today.

  The campaign comes as the maker of Camel and Mild Seven cigarettes battles higher tobacco prices, a falling smoking rate and controls on vending-machine purchases that account for more than half its $31.4 billion in domestic tobacco sales. Lawmakers in June proposed raising taxes on cigarettes, which sell for less than a third of the U.K. price, to fund rising welfare costs.

  "A tax increase could destroy Japan's tobacco industry," President Hiroshi Kimura told reporters in Tokyo today. "It's unfair to increase tobacco tax to raise general revenue."

  Higher taxes could quicken a decline in cigarette sales in Japan, where the percentage of men who smoke has fallen by half over the past 40 years to about 40 percent because of an increase in health consciousness. Japan Tobacco's operating income from cigarette sales in the country slid 9.4 percent to 222 billion yen ($2.1 billion) in the 12 months through March.

  Japan Tobacco said it will submit its petition to the government after the campaign, which the company plans to end in December, in time for the Japanese government's internal discussions on proposed taxes.

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