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France targets tobacco industry to raise cash for global health

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6521 (Published 10 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6521
  1. Paul Benkimoun
  1. 1Paris

France is considering introducing an innovative new additional tax on the tobacco industry, in an effort to reduce the number of deaths from tobacco related illnesses. It is estimated that there are 60 000 deaths a year in France from these illnesses.

The proposed new tax, which would raise money to be used in France and in the developing world, is inspired by Unitaid, the international facility to buy drugs for developing countries. Unitaid’s main source of funding is a levy on airplane tickets.

France’s …

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