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Higher tax on snuff is criticized
In eight years, the Alliance raised the snus tax by 290 percent. Meanwhile, the tax on cigarettes just been increased by 50 percent even though the government justifies its tax increases that would " promote public health ." "It's not out of concern for public health as you raise in this way ," said former cancer specialist Lars Erik Rutqvist who now works at Swedish Match .
With the tax on snuff and tobacco, which the government wants from next year, the price of a snus-box for the first time be more expensive than a pack of cigarettes .
Since 2006, when the Alliance took the excise tax per pound of snus increased from 123 SEK to 471 SEK in the increase in 2015. During the same time , the tax per cigarette increased from SEK 1 to SEK 1.51 per share.
Meanwhile , the government has repeatedly justified their hikes with the desire to promote public health. It says , for example, in the spring budget, the motion that was presented on Wednesday and Finance Minister Anders Borg (M) have been talking about alcohol, tobacco and snus as very serious social problem without grading them .