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Submitted by Rose ZHENG on

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.