Ashes to ashes - How British American Tobacco avoids taxes in low and middle income countries (Inglês)11.07.19
Tax Justice Report
The massive damage to human health caused by tobacco is now wellknown. So too are the efforts of major tobacco companies to avoid disclosing the health consequences of smoking in order to continue marketing their deadly products. But as regulation tightened in the high income countries that used to generate most of the tobacco companies’ profits, their focus shifted. Marketing is especially targeted at younger age cohorts (the ‘economic future of the tobacco industry’),1 and at lower income countries.2 Today, as a direct result, around 80 per cent of the 1.1 billion smokers worldwide live in low and middle income countries – and it is estimated that tobacco is responsible for the deaths of up to half of all users.