Tax on tobacco and sodas, minimum price of alcohol: a Senate report recommends a tightening of taxation – 05/30/2024 at 11:57

Tax on tobacco and sodas, minimum price of alcohol: a Senate report recommends a tightening of taxation – 05/30/2024 at 11:57
Tax on tobacco and sodas, minimum price of alcohol: a Senate report recommends a tightening of taxation – 05/30/2024 at 11:57

Establishing a minimum price of alcohol has the advantage of “targeting the most pathological consumption”, according to the report.

(AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON)

A Senate report, presented Thursday, May 30, recommends toughening taxes on tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks, with a view to public health.

Senators Élisabeth Doineau (centrist) and Cathy Apourceau-Poly (communist) made around fifteen proposals in a report on “behavioral taxation in health”, the conclusions of which were adopted on Wednesday by the Social Affairs Committee of the upper room.

They therefore recommend

continue to increase tobacco taxes

advocating an increase in the price of products in the sector “of at least 3.25% per year excluding inflation until 2040”, while calling for the creation of a “methodology” for quantifying cigarette sales on the market parallel.

Minimum price of alcohol already in place in Scotland

Regularly debated in the Senate during the annual review of the Social Security budget,

the overhaul of the tax on sugary drinks, or “soda tax”

would also deserve to be studied, according to the two senators who are calling for an increase in rates and a limitation of the number of tax brackets.

More sensitive, the question of taxation of

alcohol, responsible according to the report for 40,000 premature deaths per year

, is not clearly opened by the two rapporteurs. But they propose to “launch a consultation” on

the possibility of establishing a minimum price per unit of pure alcohol

a measure introduced in Scotland in 2018.

“Such a measure has the advantage of targeting the most pathological consumption”, they estimate in the report consulted by the

AFP

, calling, however, to ensure that it will allow “the increase in the margins of independent producers”. This debate was also opened during the budget discussion last fall, without obtaining a majority in the upper house.

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