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What the Future Holds for Tobacco Taxes

CyZane Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 7:47 AM
The author is right. High tobacco taxes do not lower smoking prevalence, they only shift the legal tobacco market to the illicit one. Pr. Robert Molimard (prominent tobacco expert) has this to say on the issue: ''For decades, we have been served a lie, with no tolerance for any criticism or challenge, namely: that the only effective method to reduce smoking prevalence is to increase the price of cigarettes. But since it does not work, they allege that it is because the increases are neither high enough nor frequent enough! But just as with their tactic of stigmatization of smokers, the high-price policy does not work.'' Look at figure 3 and read the whole article at :

This week, in Seoul, South Korea, government representatives from 176 United Nations (UN) member-states will meet to discuss proposals ostensibly aimed at curbing tobacco use worldwide. The reality is that what happens this week could affect tax rates in the United States (US) and abroad and establish a dangerous precedent by ceding taxation powers to an international organization without achieving the goal of smoking cessation.

The World Health Organization (WHO), a UN subsidiary, has long led the push for a global tobacco tax, funds from which would be earmarked for WHO funding. The proposal has major implications for the preservation...