Tobacco use is on a pace to kill 1 billion people this century unless governments enact proven measures, such as tobacco taxes, to tackle the world’s leading preventable cause of death, writes Katie Dain, executive director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance.
Raising taxes on tobacco is one of the most effective policy tools to reduce smoking. Some people quit completely. Higher prices prevent some from ever starting to use tobacco. And some people continue to smoke, but reduce their intake.
As governments negotiate the text of the Addis Ababa Declaration in New York, Dain urges officials to support increased tobacco taxation to help finance the SDGs and reduce tobacco’s deadly toll.