The Chinese government raised tobacco tax on 10th May 2015, 10 years after the ratification of the WHO Framework Convention on tobacco control. The increase in the resulting tax rate as a percentage of the retail price from 49% to 56% is still relatively low compared to the WHO-recommended benchmark, which is about 70% of the retail price. Therefore, ample room remains for the Chinese government to further increase the tax on cigarettes.
- Public policy
- Tobacco industry
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Collaborators XZ, RZ.
Contributors T-wH originated the idea for this paper and drafted the manuscript. XZ provided data sources and reviewed and edited the draft. RZ analysed the data and reviewed and edited the draft.
Funding This study was funded by the US National Institute of Health, Fogarty International Center and National Cancer Institution of the National Institutes of Health under award number (R01-TW009295), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the China National Natural Science Foundation (under award number 71373045).
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.