European Commission proposes moves to increase tax on cigarettes and reduce influence of tobacco industry

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a873
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European Commission has proposed increasing the minimum rate of excise duty on cigarettes by 50% as part of its wider public health strategy of discouraging smoking in the 27 member bloc.

    Announcing the initiative this week, Laszlo Kovacs, the Taxation Commissioner, said: “Today’s proposal supports the EU policy to reduce tobacco consumption and narrow the differences in price levels of tobacco products within the EU.”

    He quoted the World Bank, which maintains that price increases in tobacco products are the most effective way of preventing smoking, especially among young people who are generally more responsive to higher prices than …

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