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Submitted by Lynn Silver on

Thank's for the great comments and calling people's attention to the new WHO report. The discussion on taxation in the report is clear and provides practical guidance to countries on how to assure that they have effective tobacco taxes. All our countries need to follow this advice. Here in the US we have extraordinary variation across states in tobacco taxes from leaders like New York City to laggards where packs cost less than half what they do in New York. The guidance on tobacco taxation offers important lessons for efforts to begin to tax unhealthy processed foods like sugary drinks and junk food. Preferential use of excise taxes, setting the tax high enough to really lower consumption, and automatically adjusting for inflation are all tobacco lessons that will serve us as we start taxing the other major products causing noncommunicable disease. These were all important discussions in Mexico, San Francisco and Berkeley as we drafted sugary drink taxes.