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Tobacco Taxes: Good for Public Health, Good for Fiscal Revenues
February 8, 2016World Bank Group 'G' Building (1776 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006) Room: G8 - 090

This BBL will run from 11:00AM ET to 1:00PM ET.

Tobacco kills more people each year than HIV/AIDs, malaria and TB combined. The number of smokers is rising in developing countries and will contribute to 1 billion premature deaths in this century unless countries implement well-known, cost-effective tobacco control policies, including higher tobacco taxes. Such taxes not only save lives but also increase revenues and reduce poverty among households whose members quit smoking. 

Dr. Savedoff will summarize important facts related to tobacco consumption in developing countries, the effectiveness of tobacco taxation, and common objections to raising tobacco taxes. He will conclude by describing “smart” tobacco taxes and the kinds of support international organizations could provide to promote effective tobacco tax increases.

William Savedoff is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) where he works on issues of health policy, performance payments, and corruption. At CGD, Savedoff played a leading role in the Evaluation Gap Initiative and co-authored Cash on Delivery Aid with Nancy Birdsall. Before joining CGD, Savedoff prepared, coordinated, and advised development projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Health Organization. As a Senior Partner at Social Insight, Savedoff worked for clients including the National Institutes of Health, Transparency International, and the World Bank. He has published books and articles on labor markets, health, education, water, and housing including “What Should a Country Spend on Health?”, Governing Mandatory Health Insurance, and Diagnosis Corruption.

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  • William Savedoff, Senior Fellow

    Center for Global Development
  • Patrick Osewe, Global Solutions Lead

    Healthy Societies, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice
  • Patricio Marquez, Lead Public Health Specialist

    Coordinator Multisector Tobacco Control Program
  • Marcelo Giugale, Senior Economic Adviser

    EFI Cluster of Global Practices
  • Jim Brumby, Acting Senior Director

    Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • Blanca Moreno-Donson, Lead Economist

    Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Vice Presidency and co-Coordinator Multisector Tobacco Control Program