The Federal Government has announced a new tax regime for cigarettes and Shisha in Nigeria.
According to Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, a new tax regime will see the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes increase from N58 to N80 while shisha will be taxed at N3,000 per liter.
Mamora revealed this at the launch of the Tobacco Control Data Initiative Dashboard in Abuja. He disclosed that the new tobacco tax regime went into effect on the 1st of June.
He said, ”With effect from 1st June 2022, the FGN has commenced implementation of a new three-year tobacco tax regime, which will end in 2024. This new regime increased the Ad-Valorem tax rate from 20% to 30%.
In addition to the 30% ad-valorem, a specific excise rate has been increased from? 58 to? 84 per pack of 20 sticks of cigarette and this will further be increased to? 94 per pack in 2023; and then? 104 per pack in 2024.
Also, Shisha is now taxed at the rate of? 3,000 per liter and? 1,000 per kilogram and this will be increased yearly by? 500. This pro-health tax is an effective public health control measure against behavioral risk factors as it has the capacity to reduce the demand and consumption of tobacco products. It also prompts tobacco users to switch expending their resources on tobacco products to healthy alternatives such as education, health, nutrition, etc.”