Filipino Viewpoint: Thailand protects its own cigarette brands

Thailand protects its own; we curse ours –, June 4, 2013
…In a complaint filed by the Philippine government with the World Trade Organization in 2006, Thailand was found guilty of bias against imported cigarettes. It was rather a small matter for that progressive Asean country exempting domestic cigarettes from administrative requirements like filing tax returns covering revenues and expenses.
I guess the exemption was granted on the basis of a belief that Thailand taxpayers, including companies producing cigarettes, were more honest in declaring their revenues and therefore were paying the correct tax…

Update: Tobacco giant lauds Thai court order on cigarette warnings – AFP, August 27, 2013

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