Tax increases on tobacco products are the single most effective means available to governments to reduce tobacco consumption, increase attempts to quit and reduce prevalence, thereby reducing death and disease due to smoking.
Quit Victoria supports annual, significant increases in tobacco tax as a key tobacco control measure.
Tax increases reduce smoking by discouraging young people from making the transition to regular smoking and encouraging adults to quit. Importantly, tax increases are one of the few policy measures that will reduce tobacco use more in low than in high-income groups.
For further information, see Tobacco in Australia: Facts and Issues, Chapter 13 The pricing and taxation of tobacco products in Australia.
Article 6 (Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco) of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) also recognises tax as a necessary element of a comprehensive approach that governments should undertake in relation to tobacco control. For more information on the FCTC and guidelines to assist governments in implementing Article 6 please visit the FCTC website.