Dominicans are smoking less, but drinking more
Dominicans may have caught on to the serious damage that smoking does to their health, based on declining cigarette sales declared by local companies. However, the statistics do not take into account cigarettes smuggled in from Haiti, which do not carry the ISC luxury tax.
The official statistics do show that from the 2,475.8 million cigarettes that formal vendors report having sold here in 2008, the number is now 1,517.8 million, a 39% decline.
The tax agency ISC stats, nevertheless, show that alcohol drinking is up. Dominicans are drinking more beer, Presidente being the leading brand, as well as whisky, wine and vodka. Rum sales, meanwhile, are down. Again, these figures do not include rum or other liquor smuggled in from Haiti.
As reported, 57.6% of all alcohol sold in the Dominican Republic was in the form of beer. Rum sales made up 36%, followed by the less popular wine and vodka. The official stats are not based on the total liters of beverages consumed, but on their pure alcohol content. The government reported alcohol consumed in the form of wine was up 147% in 2014.
Taxes on beer reaped 12.6% more for the government, with RD$9.3 billion in revenue in 2013 to RD$10.5 billion in 2014. Beer collected 3.8% less in 2014, with taxes on beer down from RD$5.1 billion in 2013 to RD$4.9 billion in 2014.
Source: DR1, Eldinero
March 3, 2015
Category: DR News |