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Kuwait mulling higher tobacco tax

Kuwait’s health ministry is considering proposals to increase tax on tobacco products and cancel subsidised sugar from citizen’s monthly ration to help control non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Kuwait Times has reported. “The ministry is considering a number of ideas, before presenting them to the cabinet to take a decision, to end government’s subsidy on sugar while providing people with a healthier alternative,” said the ministry’s undersecretary, Khaled Al-Sahlawi. “These ideas also include increasing tax on tobacco products to reduce smoking as Kuwait has one of the world’s lowest tobacco tax rates,” he added.