Daily Archives: February 19, 2010

Georgia Tobacco Tax Favors High-Income Counties

The flood of new, detailed data on public finance in usable formats continues to change what’s possible when analyzing public policy. Data on personal consumption of products can be combined with tax and spending data to reveal enlightening patterns. Tobacco is often at the forefront of this type of analysis because health-related studies track its consumption carefully and because taxes on it are generally high and well documented.

The True Cost of Tobacco

The World Health Organization estimates that almost 5 million people die each year from tobacco-related causes, a figure that is expected to double in the next 20 years, especially among the poor in the developing world.

Coded to Obey Law, Marlboro Lights Become Marlboro Gold

When it comes to new rules for marketing so-called light cigarettes, tobacco companies plan to honor the letter of the law — but to shade the truth, critics say.

What Do Children Do in Tobacco Farms?

In a new finding, Plan, one of the largest children’s development organizations, released a report stating that an estimated 78,000 kids exploitationchildren in Malawi are working in the tobacco estates — a finding that completely contradicts laws governing child protection.

Altria Group and Swedish Match’s clash over excise tax

It’s one of the most old-fashioned taxes of all, but the question of what you measure to levy it is emerging as the latest skirmish in Smokeless Tobaccothe never-ending battle for space on stores’ tobacco shelves.