We at the World Bank, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  and Bloomberg
Philanthropies , as well as World Health Organization , are already working and committed to support
countries in the design and implementation of tobacco taxation policy measures and monitoring their health
and fiscal revenue impact, as a critical element of the global development agenda. The time has arrived to
make tobacco taxation an important source of domestic resource mobilization that has the potential to
generate substantial health and social welfare dividends across the world.