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Devex Examines Tobacco Taxation As Potential Innovative Funding Stream For NCDs

Devex: Can tobacco excise taxes be a boon for NCD financing?
“…Only 33 countries have so far raised taxes on a pack of cigarettes to the suggested more than 75 percent of retail price, according to a new WHO report launched this week … [This] dashes hopes for greater supplemental financing for tobacco control, and more broadly, noncommunicable diseases, whose burden is increasing worldwide but whose share of global development assistance for health is the smallest…” (Ravelo, 7/8).

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