5 March 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working closely with many countries to examine the structure and dynamics of their tobacco markets, and to help implement better tobacco tax policy. This experience has led the economics team to develop the WHO Tobacco Tax Simulation Model (TaXSiM) to help countries with tax policy analysis, impact assessment and decision-making.
Geneva , 28 February 2017 - Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. But a new study by the US National Cancer Institute and WHO, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco that pose no harm to economies and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death, killing more than 7 million people every year. More than its enormous toll of disease, suffering, and death, tobacco use also burdens the global economy with an estimated US$ 1.4 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity each year.