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Last-minute change to amendments would postpone rise in cigarette tax

A last-minute change on Monday by Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee to a package of economy amendments would postpone an earlier planned rise in the excise tax on cigarettes.

The committee removed the increase from the package before the final vote, arguing that conditions had to be established for the same taxation of products that are equally harmful to health.

Under the original amendment, the excise tax on cigarettes was to increase in three steps – this year, at the beginning of next year and in the middle of next year – from HUF 18,080 at present to HUF 19,400 per thousand cigarettes from July 1, 2012.