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Germany will no longer tax tampons as 'luxuries' following petition

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In much of the world, and in many states, women pay sales tax on tampons. Despite half the world's population needing to use them for a week every month, every month for around 30 years, many countries go even further and tax tampons at the same rate as luxury goods like wine and cigarettes. 

One of those countries is Germany, which has one of the higher tax rates on feminine hygiene products in the European Union according to CNN

But that's about to change after the German parliament voted to reduce the rate of tax on sanitary products like tampons.