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cigarettes: infringement proceedings against ireland
cigarettes: infringement proceedings against ireland

The European Commission has decided to send Ireland a reasoned opinion the second stage in the infringement procedure provided for in Article 226 of the EC Treaty because of the fixing of minimum and maximum retail prices for cigarettes by that country. The Commission takes the view, based on well established case law of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, that such prices infringe Community law, distort competition and benefit only manufacturers, by safeguarding their profit margins (see IP/06/483). Unless the legislation in the Member States concerned is brought into compliance within two months of receipt of the reasoned opinion, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

I strongly support Member States in their efforts to implement new health policy. However, this must respect Community law.» said Taxation Commissioner L szl&#243 Kov cs. «Introducing minimum retail prices for cigarettes is against Community law and mainly benefits manufacturers who are able to protect their profit margins .

Health protection objectives may be adequately attained by increasing excise duties

The Commission recognizes that price and tax measures are effective means for reducing tobacco consumption. However, tax and price measures must be in line with other Treaty obligations.

In this respect, the European Court of Justice has already stated that

  • imposing a minimum price is incompatible with the current legal framework (Directive 95/59/EC), since the setting of a minimum price by public authorities inevitably has the effect of limiting the freedom of producers and importers to determine their selling price (see also case C 302/00, Commission/France)
  • minimum prices are not necessary, since the health objectives may be attained by increased taxation of tobacco products. (Case C 216/98, Commission/Greece).

The Commission fully supports Member States in designing measures on tobacco control in order to ensure a high level of public health protection. Among the measures that could be used, the European Commission advocates minimum taxes to tackle cigarettes consumption. This would have the same impact on the prices and would not hamper price competition to the sole benefit of manufacturers.

This is demonstrated by a legislative proposal currently pending before the Belgian Parliament to modify the legislation on minimum retail prices of cigarettes in Belgium (see IP/06/866).

Background

Cigarettes are taxed by means of a specific and an ad valorem excise duty. Specific excise duties are taxes on the quantities of cigarettes. Ad valorem excises are a percentage applied to the price of the cigarettes. Consequently, for cheap cigarettes, the ad valorem excise duty will be small.

In order to increase the price of cheap cigarettes, Member States can either increase the specific excise duties and/or the minimum ad valorem excise duties. Minimum excise duties (calculated on the quantity) are independent of the price of the cigarettes and also ensure that all cigarettes, whether cheap or premium brands, are properly taxed.

The Council, acting on the basis of a report from the Commission, must re examine the rates and structures of excise duties on tobacco products before the end of 2006. In the context of this review, the Commission will examine whether and to what extent the current EU directives can be improved with a view to health protection whilst also respecting the principle of «proportionality».

Commission case reference number is 2006/2083.

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#1 16 07 2008, 09 03 GForce Gold Member Join Date 25 11 2006 26 y/o Male from United States Posts 398 American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


I hear a lot of debate on the subject of which cigarette is better, and I was hoping I could get some answers once and for all. All of my friends, including myself, like foreign cigarettes much more than what we can buy domestically. They’re the same brands and stuff, but I’ve had some of my favorites but brought back from different locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia and they’ve always seemed superior to their domestic counter parts. People that me and my friends have met abroad think the completely opposite that American cigarettes are far superior to what they have. Is this just a case of liking something different than the norm or is there actually a difference between the two? For example, I have a friend who hates Marlboro Reds here, but loves Reds he can get in Europe. GForce View Public Profile Send a direct message to GForce Find all posts by GForce #2 17 07 2008, 02 03 cosmicruler Silver Member Join Date 13 01 2008 32 y/o Male from Burkina Faso Posts 448 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


yea swim has heard this subject being debated on many a munted night.
SWIM recently returned from Laos where swim started smoking Bastos 20s(French) cigerettes,and not only were they very very cheap(US25c a packet) but they were actually very good cigerettes.
SWIm has to pay $12 a pck in swims country and they just dont taste so good at that price!!

Does the price swiy has to pay have an effect on how the ciggie tastes??? cosmicruler View Public Profile Send a direct message to cosmicruler Find all posts by cosmicruler #3 17 07 2008, 04 03 Lobsang Banned Join Date 01 05 2008 Male Posts 692 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


Well I really do not know tha answer to this and I do not smoke any more. But some time ago I came across a web site selling cigarettes by mail order. I found it whgen searching for Russian cigarettes. Well I see that the web site gives you an option of selecting American or European cigarettes. Now when you select European cigarettes you come up with a lot of brand that are American like Marlboro and Camel ect..

But the thing is that the web site indicates that these cigarettes apparently are not made in the USA. I quote «Marlboro Red Box Cigarettes made under authority of Philip Morris Products SA.» I so not know what SA means. But anyway these cigarettes are about one third as much as their American counterparts on the same website. So I would imagine that Phillip Morris sells the rights to use their name I guess. So who knows where the tobacco or whatever is in the cigarettes comes from?

Unfortunately I cannot link you to the website as it would be breaking the rules. But it appears that cigarettes can be purchased on line that are made outside the USA and they are much much cheaper than the USA brands. Lobsang View Public Profile Find all posts by Lobsang #4 17 07 2008, 04 36 Panthers007 Banned Join Date 22 10 2007 Male Posts 2,097 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


SA infers an overseas division of a parent company. In this instance in Europa. I miss the old Soviet Union. I could buy these cigarettes called Leningradski’s. One of those monsters would clear a room in three puffs flat. Panthers007 View Public Profile Find all posts by Panthers007 #5 17 07 2008, 07 24 GForce Gold Member Join Date 25 11 2006 26 y/o Male from United States Posts 398 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


The thing is I always hear that the main support behind foreign cigarettes is they have higher nicotine content than what is allowed in cigarettes in the US. However every pack I’ve ever seen has had about 2mg in it (per cigarette, according to the tobacco company). GForce View Public Profile Send a direct message to GForce Find all posts by GForce #6 23 07 2008, 21 28 phillylocal Silver Member Join Date 09 08 2007 Male from United States Posts 90 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


I LOVED Craven «A»‘s when I was in Jamaica. They had a really awesome taste, a helluva buzz, and the way they (the Jamaicans) smoked them, was to «light» the end of the filter to make it more brittle….I guess a better way of saying it, is that they held a flame near it to make it more «stiff» filter looked wayyy darker after it was smoked…

off topic, but still on the topic of cigarettes, next time you light one up, take a drag, but don’t inhale. Leave it in your mouth, and blow all the smoke through a handkerchief or the bottom of a clean white ‘s incredible how much shit there i (prescription) adderall must be kicking in.

EDIT Oh, and by the way, the only place I’ve been able to find them is my local headshop in they taste like gross Marlboro Reds (like stale reds) phillylocal View Public Profile Send a direct message to phillylocal Find all posts by phillylocal #7 24 07 2008, 21 26 Bajeda Ethnobotanical Cannibal Join Date 13 07 2006 Male from United States Posts 4,356 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


Quote Originally Posted by Lobsang But the thing is that the web site indicates that these cigarettes apparently are not made in the USA. I quote «Marlboro Red Box Cigarettes made under authority of Philip Morris Products SA.» I so not know what SA means. But anyway these cigarettes are about one third as much as their American counterparts on the same website. So I would imagine that Phillip Morris sells the rights to use their name I guess. So who knows where the tobacco or whatever is in the cigarettes comes from? SA Saudi Arabia perhaps?

My camel and some of his friends find that the Marlboro Reds from Saudi are very smooth and better tasting than the ones they find elsewhere, but he can’t remember if they were made there or not. You also have to watch for stale ones. Very cheap though.

Parisienne Mild (Jaune) is my camel’s favourite brand of cig. Mixes very well with cannabis.

Otherwise he finds that the Camel Filter soft packs in Europe are great. Very smooth. He prefers European made cigs to US ones in general (with a few exceptions), but generally smokes Camels. Tobacco could be from anywhere though, so hard to tell exactly what the differences are. Bajeda View Public Profile Send a direct message to Bajeda Find all posts by Bajeda #8 24 07 2008, 21 39 Lobsang Banned Join Date 01 05 2008 Male Posts 692 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


Well based on my reading it seems to indicate that cigarettes from countries other than the USA do not contain USA tobacco. And tobacco is grown all over the world. I found the following quote interesting.

Quote Today, in the United States, unlike other countries, tobacco is often fertilized with the mineral apatite in order to partially starve the plant for nitrogen, which changes the taste. This (together with the use of licorice and other additives) accounts for the different flavor of American cigarettes from those available in other countries. There is, however, some suggestion that this may have adverse health effects attributable to the content of apatite. Lobsang View Public Profile Find all posts by Lobsang #9 05 08 2008, 04 30 cra$h Silver Member Join Date 21 10 2007 22 y/o Male from United States Posts 2,379 Blog Entries 2 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


swim has foun
d no cig as well rounded as marlboro menthol, or any of it’s spin off like milds, menthol lights etc. But swim has only had cigarettes that are availible in america, and where swim is, it’s getting pretty damn expensive due to taxes, but down south they’re under 1/2 the price. fucking rediculous. cra$h View Public Profile Send a direct message to cra$h Find all posts by cra$h View Blog #10 05 08 2008, 04 36 Lobsang Banned Join Date 01 05 2008 Male Posts 692 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


Quote Originally Posted by cra$h swim has found no cig as well rounded as marlboro menthol, or any of it’s spin off like milds, menthol lights etc. But swim has only had cigarettes that are availible in america, and where swim is, it’s getting pretty damn expensive due to taxes, but down south they’re under 1/2 the price. fucking rediculous. Well the thing is that you can buy cigarettes on the internet that are made in both in and out of the USA. They are way way cheaper than stores Lobsang View Public Profile Find all posts by Lobsang #11 05 08 2008, 06 58 Panthers007 Banned Join Date 22 10 2007 Male Posts 2,097 Re American cigarettes or cigarettes brought back from abroad?


Be very careful in the USA buying cigarettes off the internet. If you are purchasing a «Cigarette» the ready to light product, it’s taxed in your state. If you are not paying that tax, they will bust you and fine you up the ass. I know some people who got screwed by the Feds for this AND the state where they live. Panthers007 View Public Profile Find all posts by Panthers007


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