Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win Measure for Fiscal Space and Health

by Prabhat Jha, Renu Joseph, David Li et al.
Asian Development Bank, November 2012

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to inclusive growth and poverty reduction in the Asia Pacific region. Mitigating the impact of tobacco use is an important priority in this region. ADB commissioned an expert group to estimate the health and fiscal impacts of higher taxes on cigarettes in the region, with a focus on the People’s Republic of China, India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The report finds that there is a win-win situation in terms of reduced disease and disability from smoking as well as increases in revenue.

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