Does smuggling negate the impact of a tobacco tax increase?

@article{Tsui2015DoesSN,
  title={Does smuggling negate the impact of a tobacco tax increase?},
  author={Tat Chee Tsui},
  journal={Tobacco Control},
  year={2015},
  volume={25},
  pages={361 - 362}
}
  • Tat Chee Tsui
  • Published 17 June 2015
  • Political Science
  • Tobacco Control
The tobacco industry claims that increases in tobacco tax will not discourage people from smoking because smokers will simply substitute taxed cigarettes with smuggled untaxed cigarettes.1 The experience in Hong Kong suggests that smuggled cigarettes are eating into some of the taxed cigarette market share, as the industry suggests. However, despite this increase in the illicit market, higher tobacco tax does effectively reduce total tobacco consumption. Hong Kong is an ideal place to test the… 
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