Economic Contributions of Bidi in India

A new publication, Estimates of the economic contributions of the bidi manufacturing industry in India, targets the tobacco industry resistance of taxation and questions common criticism of the effect of taxation on India’s bidi industry.

Bidis, the most common smoking tobacco product in India, remain largely untaxed and are subject to very few regulations to discourage their use. A major argument against tax increases is the large potential loss of economic activity and employment in the bidi industry from reduced consumption.

Also available online on Tobacco Control BMJ

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