Tobacco Tax Reform
AT THE CROSSROADS OF HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT: A Multisectoral Perspective
There is a policy measure that can simultaneously save millions of lives, reduce poverty, and increase countries’ domestic resources for financing development. For most countries, this measure is the most effective way to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.4, reducing deaths from noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. It will also advance other key development objectives.
The policy measure consists of increasing excise tax rates on tobacco in order to reduce its affordability and, as evidence shows, lower its consumption.
Today, this powerful health and human development tool remains largely underutilized, especially where it could do the most good: in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).