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Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard

Created Jan 05 2021, 10:38 AM by Jennifer Rae Anderson
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December 2020.  The Tobacconomics team has recently launched the Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard. The scorecard grades countries on a five-point scale using WHO Global Tobacco Control Reports, providing policy makers with an actionable assessment of their country’s cigarette tax policy. The scorecard finds that most countries are failing to effectively tax cigarettes. Nearly half of the analyzed countries scored less than 2 out of 5 points, and the global average is only 2.07. Overall, there has been little improvement over the last 6 years. Although scores improved in 89 countries, they became worse in 43 countries. The Tobacconomics team, based in the Health Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), conducts economic research to shape global tobacco control policies, and partners with economic policy think tanks in low- and middle-income countries to build the local evidence base for more effective tobacco tax systems. Dowload the report.