These two reports describe contrasting situations in two populous regions. The findings from Bangladesh suggest that raising cigarette prices through increased taxation can lead to a 'win-win-win situation': it will reduce cigarette consumption, increase tobacco tax revenue and potentially decrease socioeconomic inequities. New research in China, however, suggests that smokers here are more resistant to price changes. Prices vary considerably across cigarette brands, and planned tax rises on tobacco might not have the full intended effects as smokers may switch to cheaper brands.
Will higher tobacco taxes reduce smoking in Bangladesh and China?