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The Global Illicit Cigarette Trade Based on How Eliminating the Global Illicit Cigarette Trade would Increase Tax Revenue and Save Lives

By Luk Joossens David Merriman Hana Ross and Martin Raw Paris International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2009 In most countries illicit cigarettes are much cheaper than legal fully taxed cigarettes Cheap illicit cigarettes increase to

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The Global Illicit Cigarette Trade Based on How Eliminating the Global Illicit Cigarette Trade would Increase Tax Revenue and Save Lives






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The Global Illicit Cigarette TradeHow Eliminating the Global Illicit Cigarette Trade would Increase Tax Revenue and Save LivesMerriman, Hana Ross, and Martin Raw. Paris: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease; 2009.would save over 160,000 lives a year. The illicit cigarette trade is enormous• 11.6• At40.5 billion in current tax revenues is lost Countries with low income and middle income bear the greatest burden• 12.1 of the cigarette market in low income and middle in high • Annualtaxrevenuelosttogovernmentsinlowincomeand middle income countries due to illicit cigarette trade greatly exceeds the tax revenue lost in high income UAWorldwideLow income Illicit market shareIllicit cigarette market (cigarettes per year)Total revenue lost overnments each year llicit cigarette trade is highest in countries where cigarettes are cheap World Bank Average legal price Illicit market shareLow incomeMiddle incomeof illicit trade in a country. Other factors which determine tobacco in a country, the presence and level of development of organized crime networks, the presence of informal liminating illicit cigarette trade saves lives and generates new revenues• Result and • From2030onward,morethan160,000liveswouldbesaved each year. In just six years after 2030, more than 1 million lives would be saved, the vast majority of them • Governmentswouldimmediatelygainatleast31.3 billion in revenues worldwide each year, with governments in low income and middle income countries WorldwideLow income and Annual gain in revenue Lives saved in 2030, and annually thereafter One of a series of reports on tobacco economics funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.