Smoking-related diseases are a leading cause of premature deaths around the world. Increasing the cost of cigarettes with taxes may be the most cost-effective health measure that any country could implement, with the added benefit of mobilizing increased domestic revenues. In order to reach the World Health Assembly’s goal of cutting smoking rates by one-third by 2025, developing countries probably need to increase taxes enough to double the price of cigarettes.
CGD is convening this private roundtable to hear about countries’ recent efforts to raise tobacco taxes and assess which strategies have been successful and what we can learn from recent failures. We will hear about experiences in Southeast Asia from Kai Kaiser, senior economist at the World Bank and co-editor of a volume on sin taxes in the Philippines, and Frank Chaloupka, distinguished professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of WHO’s Collaborating Center on the Economics of Tobacco Control. Discussion with other tobacco experts, economists, and tax specialists will follow. I will start off the meeting with introductory remarks and moderate the discussion.
Monday, October 31, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PMEastern Time Zone
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