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Cigarette Tax Scorecard (2nd Edition): Affordability Change

This Policy Note was written based on the Cigarette Tax Scorecard. The policy note elaborates on one of the four scoring components used in the Scorecard: affordability change. This component of the score measures the the trend in cigarette affordability, using the average annual percentage change (AAPC) in the affordability index over a six year period. The highest score of 5 points is awarded to countries with an average annual reduction of at least 7.5%. In 2020, the average score in this component was only 1.40 points out of 5. There is significant room for improvement globally, although the Eastern Mediterranean region and upper-middle income countries perform best. The policy note further discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the measure, as well as recommendations for policy makers. 

View the entire Cigarette Tax Scorecard here.

November 2021

Location(s): Global

Content Type: Policy Note

Topic(s): Tax and price, Tax levels and structure