Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   15 September

Staunch anti-smoking healthcare minister backs raising tobacco taxes with WB study

YEREVAN, MARCH 8, ARMENPRESS. Increasing the price of cigarettes by 45% would avert approximately 88,000 premature deaths among current estimated quitters and non-initiators, according to Armenia’s healthcare minister Arsen Torosyan.

Torosyan, a staunch anti-smoking advocate, posted a 2017 study on his Facebook page that was conducted by the Harvard University, the Washington University and the World Bank. The study shows the positive effects the mechanism can have. 

He also said he will continue presenting the experience of many other countries on how the increase of tobacco excise tax leads to revenue growth, in response to those who argue the contrary.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

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