With terrorist organizations benefiting from the illicit trade in tobacco in the region, the US has a foreign policy interest in helping Pakistan assess the right policies moving forward.
Taxing cigarettes ostensibly serves two worthwhile goals: decreasing smoking and raising revenue. But a new working paper suggests these “sin” taxes aren’t especially effective at accomplishing either objective.
The notion that tax rates do not drive untaxed cigarettes, as maintained by many health advocates, appears false. Policy based on such thoughts will simply lead to more illicit activity.
As authorities around the world have increased taxes on tobacco products in order to reduce smoking, illicit (untaxed) tobacco use has increased.
This paper analyzes whether taxes create a price wedge between legal and illicit cigarettes and thereby affect the availability and trade of illicit whites across markets.
Experts discuss the costs and benefits of the Food and Drug Administration’s interest in limiting the amount of nicotine in products like e-cigarettes. While some argue for the new restrictions, citing decreased addiction, others warn the regulations will turn smokers toward unhealthier options.
With teen smoking at a new low, policymakers should be celebrating a public health success instead of seeking a new regulatory expansion.
Even though vaping is much safer than cigarettes, the FDA’s regulations threaten to destroy the majority of the e-cigarette market.
The lesson, as ever, is that bad facts drive bad policy. E-cigarettes, and other reduced risk products, are breakthroughs in public health. They must be regulated for safety, surely, but in a manner that facilitates ongoing product improvement and puts them on the fastest track possible into the hands of the millions of American smokers.
The DOD has partnered with UCANQUIT2.org, a website intended to help tobacco users quit. Unfortunately, the website gives out incorrect information. The DOD should find a better partner. Maybe a new CDC will be it?