Thursday, 15 November 2012

WHO calls on China to increase tax on cigarettes

A 1 yuan increase in the price of each pack of cigarettes could decrease the consumption of cigarettes in China by 3 billion packs a year, reduce the number of smokers in the country by 3.42 million and increase the government's annual revenue by 97.5 billion yuan to 129 billion yuan. That is billions of dollars of additional revenue that could be reinvested for the benefit of the people of China.
A tobacco tax increase that raises the retail price of cigarettes would be a "win-win" for China, not least for those millions of boys and young men whose lives will otherwise be lost because of this killer.
(Michael O'Leary  is WHO representative in China)

Read more: China Daily

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