Letters Tampon makers and violence against women

Diverting tampon taxes will not solve the issue of violence against women

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3952 (Published 19 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3952
  1. Karen Lorimer, senior research fellow1,
  2. Kelly Babchishin, Banting postdoctoral fellow2
  1. 1Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK
  2. 2The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, Ottawa, Canada
  1. karen.lorimer{at}gcu.ac.uk

Shanti argues that tampon makers could help reduce violence against women.1 In the UK, tampons and other sanitary products are taxed at 5%. Recently, European regulations have given EU states the power to tax feminine hygiene products.2 3 This meant that the UK could change taxation rates for these products …

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