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Tobacco giant report suggests premature deaths save money

作者:蒲�转    发布时间:2019-03-06 14:20:00    

By Emma Young Tobacco giant Philip Morris says it “deeply regrets” any impression it may have given that premature deaths from smoking can benefit a country. A report commissioned by the world’s largest cigarette maker suggests that smoking-related early deaths save the Czech Republic government about $28 million a year in reduced payouts for healthcare, pensions and housing for the elderly. The report has been widely criticised. Richard Daynard, chairman of the Tobacco Products Liability Project in the US told Reuters: “You don’t see other companies doing this. This is not the normal way we think about the lives of citizens – that the government benefits when they die off prematurely.” Philip Morris said in a statement that the report “was part of an ongoing debate about the economics of cigarette excise tax policy in the Czech Republic”. The company says it does not want to enter the debate on smoking and health. The report by consulting firm Arthur D Little International weighed losses from reduced income tax from premature deaths and medical care for sick smokers against overall healthcare, pensions and housing savings, and tax income from cigarette sales. In 1999, the net gain to the Czech Republic was $143 million,

 

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