Oman Doubles Down on Cigarette Taxes

February 12, 2018 Taxation in Oman

Cigarette taxesMUSCAT – Oman is using cigarette taxes as a main point in their plan to fight non-communicable diseases.

Over the weekend the government of Oman launched their new National Policy and Multi-Sectoral Plan on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, which includes hefty hikes to the rates of tax levied on the sale of tobacco.

The rate of tax on the sale of cigarettes will now be doubled, in an effort to curb the rate of smoking in the country, and, subsequently, the occurrences of smoking-related illness.

The rate of tax on cigarettes was OMR 0.4, which was set in 2016, following 17 years of unwavering tax levels.

It is estimated that approximately 14 percent of men in Oman smoke, while the rate of smoking among women is approximately 0.5 percent.

Along with the tax hike, the government will also enforce stricter rules on where smoking is permitted, and will also spread greater awareness of the negative impact of cigarettes, however, the tax hikes will remain as a main tenant of the anti-smoking endeavours.