What? Panic Buying of cigarettes...

@Shavkat (66205)
Philippines
January 13, 2013 7:17am CST
The power of sin tax is really effective for people in the Philippines, prior to the implementation of this; many people had started to purchase the cigarettes ahead of time due to its regular price. But now, the cigarette's value increment twice the price. The question, did the people found time to change their mind in smoking? I guess not, some of them are buying the unfamiliar branded tobaccos. The sin tax will greatly affect the tobacco companies, especially the well-known cigarette brands.
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@caopaopao (12641)
• China
13 Jan 13
It's strange that some people like smoking that much. Maybe they are just too addicted. As a female, I always wonder why people like smoking, it smells terrible. When people who smoke stand near me, I will try to move farther from him. I really don't like the smell from them. Anyway, smoking is unhealthy, I hope more and more people will give up smoking, it's good for them , and also good for people near them.
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@Shavkat (66205)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
I agree, it is about time for them to stop.
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• Philippines
13 Jan 13
Hi Shawkat! Some of my colleagues at work are saying sentiments about this as well. I think that sin tax is one of the good things that happened especially to the non-smokers. I mean, come on, even the smokers would benefit to it. If they at least cut down their smoking, they are actually saving themselves from harm. And of course, they are saving other people from inhaling second hand smoke! It would be hard to stop at an instant but if there is a will, they is a way. And nothing is impossible to a person who really wants to change.
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@Shavkat (66205)
• Philippines
13 Jan 13
It is really hard for the smoker to stop smoking, with this implementation of sin tax; the people are starting to have second thoughts of not being addicted to nicotine. That's good thing no harm to other people and no harm of oneself.
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Jan 13
Hiya shavkat, So right too its really hard for some of those people to give up smoking like that even if the price goes up three times they will not feel like giving up so easily. In fact I know people who smoke and now since the ban and all that they are smoking much more than before. Some do give it up but then others start a lot of Girls smoke here a lot because they think it keeps their weight down? Who is going to tell them the contrary if they don´t want to listen?xxx
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• Pamplona, Spain
14 Jan 13
Hiya shavkat, I just wish that a bit of that tax would go towards helping them rid themselves of such a bad habit. Most say that they don´t know why they cannot stop smoking. They need advice well more than advice they need help to see what they are doing to themselves.xxx
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
13 Jan 13
same here in mexico. Cigs were like 2.60 per pack. On jan. 1st they went up to 4.00. SOme place charge even 4.25. Glad I dont smoke..
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@Shavkat (66205)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
It is an expensive vices, thank God for not trying it.
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@Hatley (164468)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Jan 13
oh dear maria and shav do not ever try it it killed the love of my life and left me to grow old alone now oh I h av e my adult son but a mate is still a mate.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
13 Jan 13
The implementation of sin tax has obviously didn't make an impact on smokers as they have just somehow switched to using a cheaper brand to satisfy their nicotine cravings. So sad that the Filipinos could not make themselves live a healthier lives and what more they can benefit from getting rid of smoking completely if having to spend unnecessary expenses every single day.
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@Shavkat (66205)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
I do agree on that, they just need to go for cheaper price.
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• India
20 Feb 13
Thanks for sharing What is this 'sin tax', some new tax on tobacoo products, yes here too every year the price rises, smokers buy lot, but how much one can, there is a limit.
• India
9 Feb 13
Hello my friend Shavkat Ji, Well, wow! it is another noble way of controlling SINS. We have notyhingh of this kind. May God bless You and have a great time
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
31 Jan 13
They opt to buy the cheaper one even not their previous brand. The cheaper one before now almost the same price with the previous expensive one. Before, I stick of Marlboro cost 2 pesos but not that cost is for fortune which only 75 cents before. They are now buying fortune instead of Marlboro.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
Yes,I agree with you. When I went home in the province together with my friend, it seems that most stores held it . I think that was hoarding for this year the price will be doubled even tripled and so the profit also will be high for the sellers.My friend who is a chain smoker was really disappointed that time.
@Pegasus72 (1901)
14 Jan 13
I don't smoke so it doesn't botter me but a sin tax how did they come up with that name. Sometimes the more they make things harder to get the more people want them.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
14 Jan 13
Sin taxes don't do a lot of good stopping those who already indulge. They are mostly a way to get more money for the government. I don't care if sin tax is 1000% because I don't smoke anymore. I wish it was much higher when I was a kid. It might have prevented me from smoking. Unfortunately the increase in sin taxes was never enough to put a damper on my smoking.
• United States
14 Jan 13
I guess if you have to stock up before the tax hits then you've got a problem. I know that taxing such vices as smoking and drinking are supposed to generate revenue, it often leads to a pull back where some people will smoke or drink the cheaper stuff. Either way, its not good for your health but when you've added drinking and smoking into your daily diet, you don't really care how bad it is just as long as you can still do it.
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
14 Jan 13
That is a good news, thanks for sharing. I also agree to all the people here who said that it will benefit both the smokers and non smokers. Smokers may chose to turn out to be non smokers. It is a good move to decrease the carbon dioxide in the environment and I think it will help to reduce the global warming too. So I praise the Philippines govt. to do so.
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
well here since my step father is a smoker and some of my relatives here I don't think they are affected since it's only 50% increase and still it is consider cheap so they still consume the same but if from 1 pesos instead of $1.50 they will sell it to 5pesos. For sure that is the time that they will start affect because it is a little bit higher.