APPENDIX 2

25 Jun 2013

Countering Tobacco Industry Arguments

A typical tobacco industry attack on taxation:

Figure 16. The “high taxes lead to illicit trade” argument features front and centre on BAT’s web site. For a more nuanced discussion on Hong Kong, see Argument 2, below. Available on-line.  

Seven basic arguments used by the tobacco industry:

1. The “golden goose” argument

2. The illicit trade argument

3. The employment argument

4. The government paternalism argument

5. The regressivity argument

6. The inflation argument

7. One size does not fit all

In the case of the Article 6 guidelines, the industry can be expected to use another argument: 

8. The “health bureaucrats” argument about Article 6 recommendations

 

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