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Benefits Given to the Tobacco Industry

There has been little improvement in the benefits given to the tobacco industry by governments recorded between 2021 and 2023 (Figure 4). Most governments still perceive the tobacco industry’s business as a significant contributor to economic advancement. Adopting a comprehensive perspective that encompasses the full spectrum of the tobacco industry’s negative impact should have compelled governments to deter its operations.With the notable exception of Brunei, governments in Asia consistently provide the tobacco industry with advantages such as tax exemptions or delay in tax increases, postponed implementation of tobacco control regulations, and duty- free importation of tobacco products.