WHO Urges Cambodia to Increase Tobacco Tax

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WHO Urges Cambodia to Increase Tobacco Tax
Cambodian government urged to increase tobacco tax by WHO and Cambodia Health Movement Organization.

On December 21st, the Phnom Penh Times reported that the World Health Organization and the Cambodian Health Movement Organization are urging the Cambodian government to increase tobacco taxes.


Cambodia imposes relatively low taxes on tobacco products. Locally produced cigarettes are subjected to a tariff of 25%, while the tax rate for imported cigarettes stands at 31%. According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Cambodia's tobacco product taxes are 20% lower than those of other ASEAN countries.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), increasing tobacco taxes is the most effective way to reduce smoking and related health issues. A recent study by the WHO has found that raising the price of a pack of cigarettes by 0.12 dollars would not only prevent at least 30,000 people from smoking next year, but also prevent 10,000 deaths over the next 10 years, and generate approximately 53 million dollars in tax revenue annually.


According to data from the Health Center, the number of smokers in Cambodia has increased from 1.47 million people in 2011 to 1.63 million people in 2021.


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