World Bank Must Bridge Fiscal, Health Gap To Support Global Tobacco Control

Center for Global Development’s “Views from the Center/Global Health Policy Blog”: The World Bank Keeps Missing Opportunities to Save Lives and Mobilize Domestic Revenues
William Savedoff, senior fellow at CGD, discusses the potential for the World Bank to promote tobacco taxes as a public health policy. “One of the key reasons is World Bank management has let this best-buy for development fall between the cracks — tobacco is a health issue and taxes are a fiscal policy issue,” he writes, arguing the bank should “find a way to bridge the fiscal/health gap and demonstrate to clients that tobacco taxes are a big win for improving health and raising revenues” (9/8).