Tobacco Industry Tactics: tax policies (2019)

Tobacco industry interference has been particularly strong against efforts to increase tobacco taxes. The industry aims to ensure that tobacco products remain affordable, while protecting their own profits – at the expense of public health. Tobacco companies target governments and finance ministries with “studies” claiming exaggerated and inaccurate economic impacts from higher taxes. Tobacco transnationals also use illicit trade as a key argument against tax increases, despite their own complicity in smuggling.

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