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Smoking ban would not hurt tax revenues, OEFI claims

The introduction of smoking ban in bars and restaurants would not cause the Hungarian state HUF 50 billion in tax losses, the National Institute for Health Development (OEFI) said in response to a study by NAV that estimated severe losses related to the measure, online media site Index wrote

Consumption in establishments can drop up to 2-4% as a result of the ban, which would not cost more than HUF 7 billion if it was introduced this summer, OEFI said.

OEFI cites several international examples where smoking ban did not caused losses. The raise of excise duties and VAT usually has much more impact on consumption, the organization claimed.