Countries should raise taxes on tobacco, says WHO

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 06 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3691
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Countries are urged to impose higher taxes on tobacco products, after a World Health Organization report found that only 10% of the world’s population lived in countries where tax accounted for 75% or more of the price of a packet of cigarettes.1

Thirty three countries impose taxes that account for more than three quarters of the price of a packet of cigarettes, one of the measures recommended in WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Raising taxes is the least implemented measure in WHO’s six point action plan on curbing tobacco …

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