High Tobacco Taxes are an Assault on the Poor Wherever they are Imposed

Editor’s Note: See, Weaponizing Poverty.

From: The New Arab

Fadi O. Al-Naji

Tobacco tax leaves Gazan dreams up in smoke

Cigarette vendors hawk their wares on every street in Gaza [Fadi]


“These taxes are the reason why I’m drenched in debt.”


It’s a vicious circle: the addiction and the price cigarettes can command drives many young peddlers to the streets and alleyways to hawk the poison; one can barely navigate the roads and alleyways without stumbling over them.

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