Size and Characteristics of the Ilicit Tobacco Market in Kosovo (2021)

Size and Characteristics of the Ilicit Tobacco Market in Kosovo (2021)

Empirical evidence demonstrates that significantly increasing tobacco taxes has a dual effect: saving lives by reducing tobacco consumption while at the same time increasing government revenues.

However, tobacco tax evasion and avoidance directly undermine these effects. Kosovo’s legislation on tobacco, cover almost all areas recommended by the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s (WHO FCTC) Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, but the findings of this research show that stricter enforcement and more comprehensive legislation is necessary in order to tackle the issue of tobacco tax evasion.

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