31 May '14, 12am

Higher taxes do curb smoking: World Health Organisation

Higher taxes do curb smoking: World Health Organisation

Out of the $12 for a pack of cigarettes sold in Singapore, $8.50 goes to the Government as tax. But this 71 per cent figure is not as high as elsewhere. At least 50 countries, many in Europe, impose even higher taxes. And that is the correct thing to do, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In its release marking World No Tobacco Day today, it says: "Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke." The Health Promotion Board (HPB) says there is a disproportionate number of Malay and lower-income smokers in Singapore. WHO adds that for every 10 per cent increase in the price of cigarettes, smoking drops by 4 to 8 per cent, depending on how affluent the country is. Poorer countries see a bigger drop.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/health/story/h...

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