Taxing Tobacco

Increasing the excise tax on tobacco three-fold in many low- to middle-income countries would cut tobacco deaths by about one-third worldwide. Because 50% of young men and 10% of young women become smokers, and few quit, predictions are that tobacco-related deaths will rise from about 5 million today to 10+ million a few decades out. Large tax increases in France and South Africa have cut cigarette consumption by half in less than 15 years.

PositiveTip: Support every legitimate effort to reduce tobacco use!