Impact of Price-Related Measures and Non-Price Regulation on Tobacco Consumption

This Policy Note was written by Centro de Estudios, Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) in Argentina. The policy note assesses the impact and cost-effectiveness of price and non-price tobacco control policies in Argentina. The findings show that tobacco taxation is the most cost-effective policy option. Evidence shows that a 20% increase in the price of cigarettes would reduce tobacco use prevalence by about 5%, while advertising bans would reduce prevalence by about 4%. There is a signaling effect when both price and non-price measures are implemented increasing the effectiveness of both types of tobacco control strategies. The policy note concludes with recommendations for policy makers to increase the ad valorem tax rate to promote public health while raising additional tax revenues. 


Read the corresponding blog in Spanish here.