Raising tobacco taxes in Bangladesh, an opportunity for development

Tobacco, being a leading risk factor for many noncommunicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung disease, is a major threat to public health. One of the most cost-effective ways to curb the demand for tobacco is to increase the price of tobacco products through effective taxation measures.

WHO and partners are recommending changes to tobacco tax structure in Bangladesh in order to align the tobacco tax system with international best practice and evidence. These recommendations include simplification of the tax structure, introduction of a specific excise tax and harmonization of the tax base across tobacco products. Such action has the potential to generate revenue between BDT 75 billion and 100 billion each year, reduce the number of current adult smokers by 6.4 million in the next 3 years, and prevent at least 2 million premature deaths over the long term.

Please click the link below to access the brief on raising tobacco tax in Bangladesh, developed by WHO and partners.