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Taxation: Tobacco Industry

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This section provides everything you need to effectively communicate how the industry views tobacco taxes as a direct threat to their profitability and actively works against its adoption worldwide.

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Tobacco companies claim to be an economic driver of a countries’ prosperity when the opposite is true. Tobacco use imposes enormous financial costs on governments and compromises prosperity.

Tobacco companies argue that tax increases also increase illicit trade, but tobacco companies often increase prices when higher taxes enter into effect to ensure they maintain profits as consumption declines.

Tobacco companies fight strong tobacco tax proposals because they threaten product sales and, therefore, company profits.

The tobacco industry promotes complicated tax systems because they ensure that affordable tobacco products can remain on the market.

Tobacco companies fight hardest against meaningful tobacco tax increases because they know increasing the price of tobacco reduces tobacco use.