An injunction granted by Justice prevented the government of Sergipe from adjusting, as of April 1, the Tax on Circulation of Goods and Services (ICMS) in 25% in the state. One of the products that would suffer significant increase in price would be sunscreen, whose total of taxes paid in the chain would increase by 39%.
Abihpec – Brazilian Association of the Personal Hygiene, Perfumery and Cosmetics Industry -, has been working for several years to alert the government about the importance of sun protection and about the high incidence of taxes on the category, which causes the price increase of the product, that is directly related to skin cancer and public health.
In the case of Sergipe, Abihpec has been acting since 2018 to alert the Sergipe public authority on the consequences of the increase of the tax with direct impact on the price of the product and celebrates now the injunction prevented the readjustment.
“Research shows that the use of sunscreen has been decreasing. In 2015, around 53% of the population did not used sunscreen daily, and in 2017 this number increased to 72%. One reason for this reduction in consumption is related to the financial crisis, which put the sun protection in the background.The increase of ICMS in Sergipe, therefore, could cause serious health problems for the local population, “says the chief executive of ABIHPEC, João Carlos Basilio.
The president of Abihpec warns of the problem, noting that data from the National Cancer Institute (INCA) show that for the biennium 2018-2019 the estimate is that 171 thousand new cases of skin cancer per year in Brazil are diagnosed.
Sun protection is advocated worldwide by dermatologists and health agencies, since sunscreen is an essential item for the prevention of skin cancer and other dermatological diseases.