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Thailand Tobacco Monopoly to award authorities for cracking down on illegal cigarettes

BANGKOK, 26 February 2016 (NNT) - The smuggling of cigarettes has reportedly been on the rise, following the excise tax hike.


The news has prompted Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) to announce its plan to crack down on the illegal cigarette sales. TTM Director Daonoi Suthinipapan said that a total of 10 million baht has been set aside to award government officials, police, and soldiers who have successfully arrested cigarette smugglers.

Under the TTM incentive program, A pack of illegal cigarettes is worth three baht in reward money. Authorities can earn 1,000 baht for every 500 packs confiscated. The TTM will also pay an additional 50,000 baht for 25,000 packs found.

Authorities will have until the end of September this year to claim the award for their arrests. The TTM will extend the deadline if this method proves effective in keeping illegal cigarettes at bay.

The TTM Director said the reward money is meant to lead to serious legal action against illegal cigarette smuggling, which has significantly impacted revenue from excise tax.

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If it weren't Thailand, I'd say this beggars belief, but TIT, so it's par for the course.

Wait till they get hot and heavy on the civil asset forfeiture idea.

They'll be rewarding themselves out the wazoo.

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Horrible idea. The police should do the work they are suppose to without additional bribes like this. It should be illegal for this to happen. Wow...

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I say, Thai Tobacco do realise that parts of the smuggling operations involve some Police and Military people (inter alia), don't they?

And TTM's paltry 10 M Baht is peanuts compared to the under-the-table money that is paid every year to various Govt people in the loop.

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I wonder if the journalist(?) knows the difference between award and reward?

That said I have to agree withtx22cd that the reserved 10M THB is paltry compared with what their competition are currently rewarding the police with.

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Monopoly, a license to print money... no matter what you're selling... and god forbid someone

will muscle in on that exclusive cash cow, and as far as the government concern, as long

as they get their cut, da hell with people health, out of the 60 odd millions people living in

Thailand, what's a few thousand dying of smoking related ailments, cost of doing business....

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Thailand Tobacco Monopoly:

"these are our nicotine addicted slaves."

Mafia Police:

"No, they are our slaves."

Thailand Tobacco Monopoly:

"are too."

Mafia Police:

"are not."

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In the west, this is what is called a "Kickback". In Thailand,it's called "The only way you can get anyone to do their job".

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Stand by for more stories, about tourists getting hassled at Swampy, just after they clear Customs inbound. wink.png

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TTM offers 10 million baht cash rewards to stop cigarette smuggling

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BANGKOK: -- Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM) has offered 10 million baht cash as rewards for government authorities across the country to crack down on tobacco smuggling.

The cash offer was revealed by TTM director Ms Daonoi Suthinipaphan after the government has recently raised excise tax on tobacco, forcing retail prices of locally produced cigarettes to go up.

The rise in local cigarette prices is feared to spark rampant smuggling of foreign cigarettes into the country.

TTM director said the cash rewards will be offered to encourage all authorities namely excise, customs, police and military personnel to step up the crackdown on smuggled cigarettes along the border.

She recalled that last year authorities seized more than 300 million baht of smuggled cigarettes in over 16,000 smuggling cases.

She said that TTM suffered a 22% decline in cigarette sales in the South as people have turned to smuggled cigarettes.

This led to a fall in revenue the state should obtain from taxes, she said.

She admitted that the recent excise tax increase has pushed prices of locally produced cigarettes to 15-20 baht higher per packet, thus forcing people to turn to smuggled cigarettes, and even fake cigarettes which are more hazardous to health.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/152565

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who gets what money? does the individual that was involved get the 3 thb and the authority the 2 thb for each pack in a 500 pack bundle? where will the 50,000 thb be paid?

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as the police was probably the one who was at least partly in charge of the smuggling I think i will apply soon to this wonderful job

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