Taxation and price: countering industry claims

All of the following claims are not true. This fact sheet explains why.

  • Higher tobacco taxes will hurt the economy.
  • Higher tobacco taxes will reduce tax revenues.
  • Higher tobacco taxes will increase smuggling.
  • Higher tobacco taxes will hurt the poor.
  • Higher cigarette taxes will encourage smokers to switch to cheaper cigarette brands and/or other tobacco products to avoid taxes.
  • Higher tobacco taxes will not reduce tobacco use.
  • Tax rates are already too high.
  • Governments interfere with consumers’ freedom of choice when they tax tobacco and discourage use.
  • Governments’ responsibility should end with making the risks of tobacco use widely known to people.
  • Tobacco companies agree with sensible industry regulation, including small and predictable tax increases that do not encourage smuggling.

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