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Jad Chaaban Assistant Professor Department of Agriculture Nisreen Salti Assistant Professor Department of Economics 46 th Middle East Medical Assembly, May 2013
Taxes as a measure of tobacco control What have we learned? Who benefits? Debunking the classic counterarguments Simulation results: what happens if we increase the tax in Lebanon?
Not the only measure of tobacco control BUT a recent review of over 100 articles in the literature shows it is: HIGHLY EFFECTIVE (Chaloupka et al, 2012) there are synergies to be capitalized on: COMBINING TAXES WITH OTHER MEASURES (Surgeon General, 2000, CDC, 1999)
Increasing cigarette price by 10% is associated with a: 4% reduction in total cigarettes consumption in high- income countries 7-8% reduction in middle- and low-income countries (IARC, 2011) Price reduces consumption by: inducing some smokers to quit deterring non-smokers from taking up smoking (Lewit et al, 1981, Tauras et al, 2001) reducing smoking among continuing smokers (Cavazos-Rehg et al, 2002)
Taxes lead to greater reductions in consumption: among lower-income smokers (Farrelly et al, 2001, Townsend et al, 1994) among the youth (Jha & Chaloupka, 1999) in the long-run (Keeler et al 1993, Becker et al, 1994)
Reduced consumption is associated with: lower burden of disease productivity gains private savings on smoking (for some) private and public savings on healthcare expenditures Who benefits most? lower-income groups have a higher reduction in risk of disease, more savings, and a higher level of health expenditures averted (Murphy et al 2012)
Tax Rev=P×Q Taxes increase Price and reduce Quantity Studies show that when taxes increase (P ), tax revenues also INCREASE (Chaloupka 2012, IARC 2011) : P × Q =Tax Rev
Effective at reducing consumption More effective among the youth and lower-income groups Has a long term effect Benefits from lower consumption accrue to the poor disproportionately Higher tax revenue SO WHY NOT TAX?
Tobacco taxation is resisted because of fears that it will: reduce government revenues Strong evidence that tobacco taxation: increases government revenue EXPERIENCES OF: Indonesia, Turkey, USA, Finland, Costa Rica, Australia, Singapore, Egypt, Malaysia…
Tobacco taxation is resisted because of fears that it will: negatively impact businesses and lead to job losses in tobacco- related industries Strong evidence that: job losses in tobacco- dependent sectors are MORE THAN COMPENSATED in other sectors (where money once spent on tobacco gets spent) (IARC 2011, Jha et al 2000, Warner et al 1996) favorite of local opponents to tobacco control
Tobacco taxation is resisted because of fears that it will: adversely affect the poor Ample evidence that: the poor are more responsive to price measures so they will reduce their consumption more estimates by income strata for India show greater savings for the poor increased tax revenues could target cessation programs for the poor
Tobacco taxation is resisted because of fears that it will: increase illicit trade in tobacco (smuggling, black market) Strong evidence that : the problem is OVERSTATED: global illicit trade estimated at 12% (Joossens et al, 2010) even lower- and middle- income countries that have increased their taxes have seen higher tax revenues (World Bank, 1999) favorite of big tobacco companies
WE USE: nationally representative data on household consumption (including consumption of tobacco products) customs data on the import of tobacco products WE ESTIMATE: the nature and characteristics of demand WE CALCULATE: current expenditures on tobacco products and total tax revenue from tobacco
FINDINGS ON SPENDING: Spending on tobacco products in 2010: 553 million USD Spending on imported cigarettes in 2010: 512 million USD (307 million packs)
TAXES: taxes= excise(108%) customs(5%) VAT (10%) FINDINGS ON TAX REVENUES: total tax revenues in 2010 240 million USD smuggling estimated at 15% so taxes are around 50% of price for cigarettes 30% of price for shisha tobacco
WE SIMULATE: excise is increased by 50% a new per pack specific tax is introduced: 0.17 USD per local pack 1 USD per imported pack 0.33 USD per shisha tobacco pack suppose that as a result, smuggling rate TRIPLES to 45% so taxes become around 73% of price (more in line with best practice for tobacco control)
WE FIND: CONSUMPTION drops by: 93.5% for local cigarettes 7% for imported cigarettes 25% for shisha tobacco CONSUMPTION drops more sharply for the youth GOVERNMENT REVENUES increase by: 52% (127 million USD) despite an assumed TRIPLING in smuggling rates
Government revenue at a time of huge budget deficit! Simulated gains are a LOWER BOUND: total gains from the tax also include productivity gains and public and private savings in health care costs and in the incidence of smoking related diseases (our next paper) Simulated gains are a LOWER BOUND: if we include synergy effects from introducing other tobacco control measures
Joint work with Rima Nakkash and Hala Alaouie This work benefited from support from the IDRC Forthcoming in Tobacco Control
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