Cambodia urged to raise tobacco taxes

Cambodia urged to raise tobacco taxes

The World Health Organization and the Cambodian Health Organization campaign are urging the Cambodian government to increase tobacco taxes, the Khmer Times reported.

Cambodia imposes relatively low taxes on tobacco products. The tax rate on domestically produced cigarettes is 25%, while the tax rate on imported cigarettes is 31%. According to data from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, taxes on tobacco products in Cambodia are 20% lower than in other ASEAN countries.

According to the World Health Organization, increasing tobacco taxes is the single most effective way to reduce tobacco use and related health problems. A recent WHO study found that raising the price of a pack of cigarettes by 500 kronor ($0.12) now would not only prevent at least 30,000 people from smoking next year, but also prevent 10,000 deaths over the next 10 years, resulting in approximately $53 million in tax revenue.

According to the Center for Public Health, the number of smokers in Cambodia increased from 1.47 million to 1.63 million between 2011 and 2021.
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