Tobacco monopoly will help growers switch to cannabis

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With cigarette sales expected to decline due to a sharp hike in taxes, the Tobacco Authority of Thailand plans to help tobacco farmers switch to cannabis cultivation. Authority director Daonoi Suttiniphapunt said an excise tax being introduced next October would boost the price of a pack of cigarettes by 30-40 per cent to at least Bt93. That will lead to a decline in consumption, she predicted. She said the authority would counter with roll-your-own tobacco, which is subject to a lower tax rate.

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