Closed consultation

Minimum excise tax

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Seeking views on the effectiveness and desirability of a minimum excise tax (MET) to support the tobacco duty regime.

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Consultation description

The government is interested in whether a MET could help support tobacco policy in its role to protect future revenues and reduce smoking rates, if recent down-trading trends are to continue. This consultation explores the advantages and disadvantages of a MET, as well as potential impacts on the market for tobacco products.

The government would welcome views from anyone with an interest in tobacco policy. Please contact us if you would like further details on the consultation.

The government will take all responses received during the consultation period into account before deciding whether to pursue with a MET further. Details of the next steps will be made available in due course.

Additional ways to be involved

HM Treasury officials are willing to meet interested parties to discuss the consultation. Please email the address shown below if you would like to meet.


Published 26 August 2014
Last updated 6 October 2014 + show all updates
  1. Closing date extended to 12:00am on 15 October
  2. First published.