Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which seeks to highlight the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.”
A blogpost by Patricio Marquez of the World Bank Group, commemorating WNTD, reaffirms the important role played by tobacco taxes in deterring tobacco use and promoting economic development and urges countries to give increased attention and effort toward tobacco taxation. Only 33 countries impose taxes that consistute more than 75 % of the retail price of a pack of cigarettes – the taxation level recommended to deter consumption.
Below are links to some recent reports by members of the World Bank Group on tobacco taxation experiences in countries around the world. Click on the report you are interested in and you will automatically be directed to the page!
Bredenkamp, C., Iglesias, R. & Kaiser, K. 2016. Sin Tax Reform in the Philippines : Transforming Public Finance, Health, and Governance for More Inclusive Development. Directions in Development–Countries and Regions. Washington, DC: World Bank.
Lavado, R., Postolovska, I., Tarr, G. & Verguet, S. 2017. Estimating the distributional impact of increasing taxes on tobacco products in Armenia : results from an extended cost-effectiveness analysis. Tobacco taxation. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.