The Fiscal Impact of a Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program in Ontario


Andra Ghent, Roberta Ferrence, Ted Boadway


December 2003

Type of Report

Special Report


This Special Report investigates the net present value of the investment in the five year comprehensive program proposed in Actions Will Speak Lounder than Words, the Report to the Minister of Health (Ashley et al., 1999) and the report of the Ontario Tobacco Strategy Steering Committee (2002). The authors investigate whether the fiscal benefits accruing to the provincial government in the form of reduced health care expenditures, as well as higher income and sales tax revenue, justify the investment. The report also assesses the impact of the program on the government’s tobacco tax revenue and examines the effect of the program on the Ontario tobacco industry and the Ontario macroeconomy.