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The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxes in Egypt: Sales Reach 135 Billion Pounds Annually, Per Capita Consumption at 6,000 Cigarettes


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Annual Tobacco Sales and Cigarette Consumption in Egypt

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According to Khaled Hanafi, the Secretary-General of the Union of Arab Chambers, the total sales of tobacco products in Egypt amount to 135 billion pounds annually. Additionally, the average per capita consumption of cigarettes in Egypt is 6,000 cigarettes per year.

Insights from the Report on Tobacco and Tobacco Taxes in Egypt

During a dialogue organized by the Institute of National Planning, Hanafi presented the findings of the report “The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxes in Egypt.” The report is part of a project launched by the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), in collaboration with the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, the Center for Social Policy and Development (SPDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report highlights that the average per capita cigarette consumption in Egypt is significantly higher compared to the global average. While the global average stands at 1,150 cigarettes per year, Egyptians consume an average of 6,000 cigarettes annually. Furthermore, the tobacco sales in Egypt reach approximately £135 billion per year.

Focusing on Protection and Reducing New Smokers

Hanafi emphasizes the importance of protecting and reducing the number of new smokers. The report recommends directing tobacco taxes towards supporting the health system. It also suggests the development of better incentives, particularly in impoverished areas, to decrease the number of new smokers and promote smoking cessation.

Source: RT

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