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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

Tobacco taxation and pricing policies should be uniform across all tobacco products

By Manjari Peiris

A new study published in Tobacco Control which is a publication of the British Medical Journal, examining how changes in the price or tax of all 10 types of non-cigarette tobacco products, vi bidis, cigars, little cigars, roll your own, smokeless tobacco, kreteks, water pipes, pipes, electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches, and to ascertain the impact of the demand for these products reveals that it had led to a decrease in demand.

The effect of raising prices of non-cigarettes tobacco products on demand varied between those products, with most studies estimating that a 10 percent increase in price would:

• ?Reduce demand for cigars by 8.3 percent;

• ?Reduce demand for roll-your-own tobacco by 6.4 percent;

• ?Reduce demand for bidis by 5.7 percent; and

• ?Reduce demand for smokeless tobacco by 2.1 percent.

• ?The few studies that examined the impact of a change in the price of non-cigarettes tobacco products on the demand for cigarettes found some evidence of substitution from non-cigarette tobacco products to cigarettes.

The researchers of this study conducted a systematic review of published and unpublished studies, and government and non-governmental reports from 1947 to 2017, and then selected 36 documents from 15 countries for further analysis.

The researchers conclude that policies which increase the price of non-cigarette tobacco products reduce consumption of these products AND

Tobacco taxation and pricing policies should be uniform across all tobacco products and proportionately increase the prices of all tobacco products to reduce potential for substitution among products.

Source of information: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington DC.

- Asian Tribune -

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