Developing countries told 'tax tobacco to save lives'
Poorer countries should consider adopting or raising tobacco taxes to help save lives, a group of leading economists says.
The call comes in a report, published in The Lancet, which says there is a "once in human history" chance to wipe out health disparities between nations.
The authors recommend increased investment in global health to tackle killer diseases.
They suggest alcohol and sugar could also be taxed.
They give China as an example where a 50% tax on tobacco could prevent 20m deaths and generate $20bn over the next 50 years.