Korea’s 2015 cigarette tax increases

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Abstract

South Korea increased tobacco taxes in 2015 after a 10-year gap. This commentary suggests two lessons for public finance practitioners. Substantive tax increases are crucial to reducing tobacco use; particularly where prices are demonstrably lower and prevalence higher in comparison to other countries ranked similarly on economic development indicators. Second, as a rule of thumb, governments cannot afford to neglect the annual increases that ensure that tobacco taxes do not lose their efficacy over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-124
Number of pages2
JournalTobacco control
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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