WHO Urges Govt to Raise Tobacco Taxes

WHO urges governments to increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives and generate funds for stronger health services

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says governments around the world should increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives and generate funds for stronger health services.

In a report entitled ‘The Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015’, the United Nations health agency states that too few governments make full use of tobacco taxes to dissuade people from smoking or help them to cut down and quit.
It recommends that at least 75 percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes should be tax.

According to WHO, one person dies from tobacco-related disease every six seconds or so, equivalent to about six million people a year.

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