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2023 Budget And Matters Arising: Smoking devices/electronics to be taxed.

The government has stated that it intends to tax electronic smoking devices the following year in the budget statement for 2023.

In the 2023 budget announcement and economic policy, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta made it abundantly clear that “excise tax reform will include revision to the taxation of cigarettes and tobacco products to align with ECOWAS protocols.”

According to the Minister, “the reform will also target increase in the excise rate for spirits above that of beers. There will be taxation of products such as electronic smoking devices and liquids which are not currently taxed”

Estimated revenue for the fiscal year 2023

The government expects to increase revenue in the coming year, including grants of GHC143.96 billion, to offset estimated expenditures of GHC205.43 billion.

About 78% of the estimated total revenue for 2023 is likely to come from taxes, with excise tax expected to bring in about GHC6.3 billion, or about GHC112.36 billion.

Ghana was said to be seeking to outlaw the use of electronic cigarettes and the popular wind-pipe tobacco known as Shisha by the middle of 2018.

According to Divine Darlington Logo, the principal research officer at the Ghana Health Service, during the World Conference on Tobacco, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, from March 7 to March 9, he made this announcement.

“First time we did a study to cover electronic cigarette and Shisha, we were surprised to hear that the youth are now moving away from the traditional tobacco use in cigarettes to Shisha and the electronic cigarette which we were not aware off,” he said.

The Ghana Health Service's research also showed that Shisha smoking is more common than traditional tobacco, which has a prevalence of 2.8 percent, at 5.3%. The incidence of smoking electronic cigarettes among youngsters is currently 8.5%.

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