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Cigarette taxes and prices in Spain: government and industry initiatives
  1. Joan R Villalbí,
  2. Ángel López-Nicolás,
  3. Rodrigo Córdoba
  1. Comité Nacional de Prevención del Tabaquismo, Spain
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Joan R Villalbí
 Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Pl Lesseps 1, 08023 Barcelona, Spain; jrvillal{at}

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Cigarette taxation has recently been modified in Spain. The process took place over six months, and may be relevant for other countries. In September 2005, as financial provisions for the National Health System were reviewed, a modest rise in tobacco taxes was approved, bringing the ad valorem component from 54% to 54.95% and the specific component from €3.99 to €4.20/1000 cigarettes. At the time, a smoking prevention bill was discussed in Congress, banning publicity and smoking in workplaces (with exemptions for the hospitality sector).1 Most companies did not translate this rise into final prices.

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  • * Also Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

  • Also Departament d’Economia i Empresa-CRES, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Departamento de Economía, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain