Posted by: audreybenenati | January 27, 2010

Promoting Health Through Tobacco Taxation

Mohammed K. Ali, MBChB, MSc; Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH

JAMA. 2010;303(4):357-358.

Taxing tobacco has been a long-standing contributor to governmentrevenues. Tobacco excise taxes were first proposed by AlexanderHamilton in 1794 but not effectively implemented until the 1860s.By 1880, tax on tobacco accounted for 31% of total federal taxreceipts.1 In addition to revenue generation, tobacco taxationhas proved an effective policy measure to reduce tobacco consumptionin many countries (eg, the United States, Australia, the UnitedKingdom, South Africa). In 2010, in the context of world leaders(especially in Japan, China, and the United States) contemplatingor enacting legislation regarding excise tax increases on tobaccoproducts, it is important to consider the broader determinantsof promoting health through taxation.

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