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Health Ministry supports adjustment of taxes on products

The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) indicated this Friday, January 6, 2023, that it supports the Internal Revenue Service’s (SRI) resolution for an inflation adjustment in the Special Consumption Tax (ICE).

This tax adjustment applies to cigarettes, alcohol, beer (industrial and craft), sugary drinks, and plastic bags.

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Through a statement, the ministry informed that worldwide, it has been scientifically proven that the consumption of these products seriously affects the health, economy of the population and the environment, causing arterial hypertension, diabetes and cancer. The risk factors for diseases like ,

In Ecuador, chronic diseases represent the five leading causes of death, linked to risk factors such as the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks.

At least 19 deaths per day are attributed to the consumption of tobacco products, i.e. 10% of the total deaths in the country.

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According to the authority, the tax on these products and their gradual increase has proved to be one of the most effective means to reduce the consumption of unhealthy products.

The Resolution issued by SRI contributes to the set of actions to be taken by the national government to guarantee the population’s right to health, in line with the National Plan and the Ten-Year Health Plan 2022- 2031, according to this State Portfolio. The goal is to contribute to reducing deaths from chronic non-communicable diseases.

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