Key Issues

in Contraband Tobacco

Contraband Tobacco Brochure (March 2009)

Evidence provided by numerous economic studies, by the World Bank and others, has shown that tobacco taxation can be used not only as scal policy but as effective public health policy as well. Higher taxes encourage smokers to quit, prevent individuals from starting, reduce the number of ex-smokers who return to cigarettes and reduce consumption among existing smokers.

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