Research shows that Pakistan is more than ready for a significant tobacco excise tax increase

One in five adults in Pakistan use tobacco on a regular basis. This leads to serious consequences for the country’s public health and its economy: just over 160,000 deaths and an economic loss of 143,208 million rupees occur every year due to tobacco-related illnesses. In recent years, Pakistan has taken important steps towards protecting people from tobacco smoke, warning them about the dangers of tobacco and enforcing bans on tobacco advertising. However, on raising tobacco taxes— the most effective intervention to reduce [read more …]