Fiscal strategies for financing health services in pandemic times: the case for tobacco tax

The 18th WCTOH http://wctoh.org/ will host a series of open-access webinars in the run up to the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control, 6-7 May 2021. The webinars will provide an accessible online platform for tobacco control leaders and experts to discuss…

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The 18th WCTOH http://wctoh.org/ will host a series of open-access webinars in the run up to the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control, 6-7 May 2021.

The webinars will provide an accessible online platform for tobacco control leaders and experts to discuss key topics related to the theme of the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control: Navigating Change.

Fiscal strategies for financing health services in pandemic times: the case for tobacco tax

In much of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a drastic drop in government revenues coupled with an urgent need to scale up health services – not least to tackle underlying conditions that have exacerbated the pandemic. For tobacco control increases in and improvements to tobacco tax levels and structures represent a win-win: helping drive down smoking rates, while raising much needed revenue
But how much room for improvement is there – in particular during such difficult times – and how much could governments realistically expect to gain in revenue through cigarette tax reform?

This webinar will present a new summary report card, by the Tobacconomics team, on countries’ performance to date, showing not just how they are doing on average tax levels, compared to similar countries, but also whether their tax structures are simple and efficient or complicated and open to manipulation by manufacturers.

Registration closes 24 hours before the webinar, register now to save your space.

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