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  • Reply to: Plain packaging & tobacco taxes: an antidote for manipulation and deception   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Full implementation of the WHO FCTC, including plain packaging and high tobacco taxes that reduce affordability, is needed in all countries before a very bad tobacco epidemic becomes even much worse. And if the tobacco industry is fightitng plain packs and higher taxes, governments should stand firm knowing they're doing the right thing.

  • Reply to: Plain packaging & tobacco taxes: an antidote for manipulation and deception   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Very much enjoyed last week Global Tax Conference organized by the World Bank. Many countries can learn from the US and the Philippines examples of earmarking tobacco tax for health care services and health promotion programs. Implementing "plain packaging" together with tobacco tax increase would make tobacco control even more effective.

  • Reply to: Plain packaging & tobacco taxes: an antidote for manipulation and deception   1 month 3 weeks ago

    The 2015 excise tax increase in China has been demonstrated as a classic win-win policy for governments-they help deliver both an important public health objective (cigarettes consumption decreased by 3.3% one year after the tax increase), as well as generate additional revenue for government (tobacco tax increased by 9% compared with the previous year). Tobacco taxes-and tobacco control policies more generally-are good for health, and they are good for the economy. Currently more than 100,000 people in China die every year from exposure to second-hand smoke, it’s imperative to legislate a national smoke-free law, particularly a 100% smoke-free law to protect innocent people from deadly second-hand smoke. We are expecting a strong, 100% smoke-free national law to be launched in China this year.

  • Reply to: Plain packaging & tobacco taxes: an antidote for manipulation and deception   1 month 3 weeks ago

    great campaign, together we can. the war againts tabacco needs plenty of brave warrior and ammunition. and World Bank has shown which side their going to be. bravo.

  • Reply to: Plain packaging & tobacco taxes: an antidote for manipulation and deception   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Great post. Glad to see you pushing ahead on tobacco taxes.

    I think one of the biggest advantages of plain packaging is that it confronts one of the most problematic aspects of the global tobacco market - it is an oligopoloy that generates huge profits with which the companies can sow misinformation and resist protective measures. If successful, plain packaging could increase competition and erode the rents that major multinationals get because of brand identification. The one problem is that competition can also reduce prices paid by consumers. So really we need the combination of plain-packaging to increase competition between suppliers while increasing tobacco taxes to raise the price faced by consumers.