Raising awareness results in higher tobacco taxes in Iran
Educating policy-makers about the impacts of tobacco taxation is an effective way to get taxes raised, found a recent study in Iran.
After 110 policy makers received training about tobacco taxes, the rate of tobacco taxation rose from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 20, 30, and 40 percent respectively, on national, joint and imported products, says a report in the Archives of Iranian Medicine.
Previously, Iran had failed to make major progress on tobacco taxation policy, though it led the region in other tobacco control measures, according to the study’s authors.
With FCA support
The study, which included a pre-test followed by an education component then a post-test three months later, was carried out by researchers who received partial financial and technical support from Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).
“Our study demonstrated that even simple lobbying and sensitization of officials and key policy makers at an opportune time (before approval of the budget in parliament) could lead to implementation of effective tobacco taxation policy,” says the report.