January 10, 1919, the National Office of Tobacco and Alcohol Affairs was established. Tobacco and alcohol are popular luxury goods in the modern world. Merchants make great fortune through their trade, so does the government collect certain tax by their sales. Regarding the relevant tax's information, you may refer to our Bulletin: Ho Hon-wai, "Ch'ing Period: the Case of Miscellaneous Taxes with Specific Reference to Levies on Tobacco, Liquior and Property Deeds".
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