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Brazil Studies Reduction of Cigarette Tax to Curb Smuggling

By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - By the end of June, the Ministry of Justice (MJ) should decide on a tax reduction on cigarettes manufactured in Brazil. In March, an ordinance signed by Minister Sérgio Moro established a working group to assess whether tax changes would help "reduce the consumption of low-quality foreign cigarettes".

The introduction of this group was criticized by health specialists and by sector agencies, including those linked to the Ministry of Health itself.

Professionals in the area affirm that the measure would not be sufficient to repress the illicit cigarette market, would contribute . . .

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