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Tobacco companies start price war in Poland to offset tax rises

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.948-c (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:948
  1. Anna Gilmore
  1. London

    The tobacco industry this week responded to the Polish government's attempts to raise taxes on cigarettes by slashing prices. Poland, like other countries joining the European Union, is required to increase its tobacco taxes to bring them into line with those of the EU.

    In response to the tax hikes Gallaher and British American Tobacco introduced new cheap brands and Philip Morris dropped the price of its most popular cheap brand by 15%. Reemtsma, …

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