Tobacco Tax and Illicit Trade

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Increasing tobacco taxes is one of the most effective tobacco control measures. Making cigarettes less affordable leads to lower uptake of smoking and increased quit rates.

It is recognised that raising tobacco taxes is one of the most effective mechanisms for reducing tobacco consumption. Raising tobacco taxes is important in reducing health inequalities caused by smoking because youth and low-income groups are most price sensitive. 

Given that tobacco accounts for around half the difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest. The potential gains in addressing health inequalities though action on tobacco is substantial. However, this must come alongside enforcement of trading standards to prevent the illicit trade of tobacco. 

The illicit tobacco market continues to undermine tobacco control policies. The market has decreased substantially over the last 15 years. 

By avoiding UK tobacco tax, smuggled tobacco products can be significantly cheaper. This dilutes the impact fiscal measures have on encouraging smokers to quit.Remove the ‘APPG Smoking & Health: inquiry into the effectiveness and costs-effectiveness of tobacco control (2010)’ on the tobacco tax and price page.

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