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(added on 2010/05/31)

When will tobacco marketing stop ? 何日才可銷無煙 ?

Data source: World Health Organization (WHO)
Map created by CUHK SpatioEpi Group

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31 May is World No Tobacco Day. Imposing tobacco excise tax and bans on tobacco marketing are effective control strategies for reducing tobacco demand. The map shows the distribution of tobacco tax rate (expressed as a percentage of tobacco retail price) by country in 2008. The cigarettes symbols indicate countries not imposing any restrictions on tobacco marketing in the same year.

As depicted by graduated colours, European countries are imposing a higher excise tax on tobacco than most African countries. Besides, 50 countries, 40 of which located in Africa and America, have not introduced any restriction on tobacco marketing in spite of the growing attention on the need for control of tobacco advertisements.