World Bank report urges Government to take strong measures to curb tobacco

Tuesday 18 May 1999

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Press release
18th May 1999
Action on Smoking
and Health

World Bank report urges Governments to take strong measures to curb tobacco

A report by The World Bank to be launched today makes a strong case for countries toincrease tobacco taxes as part of a multi-pronged strategy to reduce tobacco consumption.The report signals a new development in multi-agency co-operation at the global level.

The report recommends that Governments should raise taxes so that they shouldconstitute at least two-thirds to four-fifths of the total retail price. In addition, thereport recommends that Governments ban tobacco advertising, restrict smoking in publicplaces, and increase access to nicotine replacement and other stop smoking therapies.

This report reveals that the World Bank, WHO and other UN agencies are now workingtogether to reduce the global tobacco epidemic.

Emma Must, ASH’s International Programme Manager, said: “<fontface=”times new=”” roman”=””>Together the World Bank and World Health Organization will presenta formidable force against the world-wide tobacco industry. The gloves are off, now thatthe big guys are in the ring.”

Ms Must added: “Governments should take heedof the World Bank report. If they follow its recommendations not only will citizens enjoyhealthier lives but their economies will also benefit from these measures.”


A summary of the World Bank report can be viewed on the ASH website at: <ahref=”http:”” new.html”=””>



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