Even More About Tobacco Taxes

We have not yet really got into the substance of the regulations proposed in:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/364742/141020_Control_of_Raw_Tobacco_v1.0.pdf

Essentially, the regulations proposed seek merely to harass people who arrange to import ‘agricultural produce’ derived from nicotiana plants. It is clear to a detached and observant mind that such regulations would be contrary to the EU imperative that legal goods should be bought and sold, and imported and exported without hindrance. For example, oranges are imported by supermarkets without let.

 

People who wish to import dried leaves from Bulgaria can do so, provided that those leaves are not cannabis leaves. The law forbids the existence of such leaves. Cannabis leaves cannot be the subject of a regulation since they do not exist – according to the authorities.

It seems that the Irish Government has created a precedent, which the regulators in the UK want to exploit. Clever, but real smugglers take advantage of ‘regulations’. They most certainly do not ‘register’. In any case,  the fact is that smokers are being exploited and financially deprived by Government. That is cruel and vindictive. The time of guilty knowledge is past. The persecution of smokers must stop.

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There is a critical thing involved, which is that ‘Duty’ on tobacco only arises when ‘tobacco products’ are released onto the market, apart from situations where Tobacco Companies donate products to ‘friends’ as gifts. In those circumstances, the gifts are assessed as ‘distributed’, and are therefore liable to duty. That also applies to employees, who might have an ‘allowance’ of cheap cigs.

But there will shortly be no tobacco companies in the UK, so there will be no easy way to steal money from smokers. Stealing smokers’ money will be harder.

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Regardless of the clever dick opportunistic money grab of Customs and Excise, the fact is that they are  losing a battle which they cannot win. They CANNOT, in the end, stop people from recognising persecution..

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2 Responses to “Even More About Tobacco Taxes”

  1. beobrigitte Says:

    There is a critical thing involved, which is that ‘Duty’ on tobacco only arises when ‘tobacco products’ are released onto the market, apart from situations where Tobacco Companies donate products to ‘friends’ as gifts.

    Unfortunately no tobacco company knows I exist. So I buy my tobacco in places much cheaper than Britain – and stretch my supply by vaping.
    I have not bought a single gram of tobacco in Britain since January this year. Instead I put £30/week into my travelling account. If I wanted, by now I could get a first class ticket to Prague.
    I don’t. I just get my tobacco and go home again.

    Sorry, Brits. I have paid EU taxes on MY tobacco stash. And it is a damned lot less than I pay in Britain!!
    I guess that tobacco companies are moving their business, too……

    • junican Says:

      There are different groups of people. There are the wealthy to whom prices are not important. There are the poor, to whom prices are very important but who are trapped because of their poverty. And then there are the ‘middle classes’ who can afford to venture abroad and can afford to ‘bulk buy’.
      I am firmly convinced that it is the poorest section of the People of this Nation who are sustaining the theft which is tobacco duty.

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