There are 33 countries that impose 75% or more tax on tobacco. According to World Health Organization (WHO) they represent only 10% of world population. As part of its six point action plan on curbing tobacco use, the WHO, encouraged countries to apply the recommended “three quarter of a cigarette packet price” taxes raise. The most recent WHO report showed that raising taxes was the most effective and cost efficient way to reduce the prevalence of smoking.
Do you agree with/like this WHO policy? What are some of the other effective measures/tools for quitting smoking that you share with your patients?
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