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Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard (2nd Edition) Announcement

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About the Scorecard

The Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard (2nd edition) uses new data from 2020 to update and re-score cigarette tax systems and performance in 160 countries based on international best practices.

The findings show that governments have made insufficient progress in addressing the world’s leading cause of preventable death, despite established evidence that the most effective tool—tobacco taxation—would reduce smoking and increase revenues.
Each of the four components of the score are discussed in more detail in the accompanying Component Notes:

New in this Edition

  • The global average cigarette tax score has barely risen over the past several years from 1.93 (out of 5.00) in 2014 to 2.28 in 2020. Only 75 out of 160 countries score 2.50 or higher.
  • Overall scores have improved in 81 countries, stayed the same in 24 countries, and worsened in 48 countries.
  • From 2018 to 2020, cigarette prices increased globally—except most notably in low-income countries, where average prices decreased by $Intl PPP 0.28. Cigarettes became more accessible to low-income populations and youth.
  • While average cigarette prices rose in the Americas and Western Pacific regions between 2018 and 2020, the average tax share of retail price decreased. Revenues that could be gained by governments through tax increases were captured by the tobacco industry.
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About Tobacconomics

Based in the Health Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Tobacconomics team conducts economic research to shape global tobacco control policies, and we also partner with economic policy think tanks in low- and middle-income countries to build the local evidence base for more effective tobacco tax systems. UIC is a partner of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

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