How Tobacco Taxes Can Expand Fiscal Space and Benefit the Poor

by Patricia Moser and Olivier Serrat
Asian Development Bank – Knowledge Showcases, Issue 56, May 2014

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Without intervention, cigarette smoking will eventually kill about 267 million current and future smokers in the People’s Republic of China, India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. In these five Asian countries, increasing tobacco taxes is a pro-poor measure that can reduce the number of smokers and smoking-related deaths, and generate substantial new revenues. Use of these new revenues to finance health services for the poor can increase impacts on both poverty and health.

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