Based on Tobacco Taxation and Its Potential Impact in China by Teh-wei Hu, Zhengzhong Mao, Jian Shi, and Wendong Chen.
Reports & Studies
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease provides evidence-based policy analysis on the use of taxation as a key tobacco control instrument in China, which has the world’s highest number of smoking-attributable deaths.
The Chinese government plays conflicting roles in China’s tobacco sector, as both owner and regulator of the industry. The government is mandated to oversee the growth of the China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC), the world’s single largest producer of cigarettes. At the same time, it has a responsibility to protect public health by reducing tobacco use and tobacco smoke exposure, according to China’s obligations under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
In 2005, PMI and the China National Tobacco Import and Export Group Corp. (CNTIEGC) established a 50-50 joint venture to offer a range of Chinese brands on the global market, expand the export of tobacco products and tobacco materials from China and explore other business opportunities.
In China, local tobacco companies under the umbrella of state-owned China National Tobacco Company (CNTC) heavily promote their deadly products through sponsorships and donations. Between November 2008 and October 2009, tobacco control advocates in China were active in several campaigns urging the government and other partners to comply with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s (FCTC) Articles 5.3 and 13.