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Economics of Tobacco Taxation in Russia

Summary

If Russia chooses to reach the level where tobacco tax represents 70 percent of the retail price, up to 2.7 million tobacco-related deaths among the Russian population can be avoided. Furthermore, the government would collect an additional RUB 153 billion (US$ 6 billion) in excise tax revenue per year
Hana Zarubova Ross, PhD, Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
Samina Shariff, MPH, Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
Anna Gilmore, PhD
University of Bath & European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
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