The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Civil society, WHO, join hands to promote tobacco taxes in South-East Asia

A SEATCA graphic for World No Tobacco Day 2014.The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) this week organised a tobacco tax workshop hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the Western Pacific. 

It focused on helping countries strengthen their tobacco tax systems in order to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue. 

The workshop was part of SEATCA’s Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax.

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2014 (31 May) is Raise tobacco taxes

"Precisely because the excise tax on tobacco products in many countries is still low, WHO has made taxation the theme in this year's World No Tobacco Day," said Bungon Rithiphakdee, Director of SEATCA, an FCA member.

1,000% increase

The Philippines recently revised its tobacco taxes, so that by 2017 the price of the country’s cheapest brands will have increased more than 1,000 percent.

"Countries should recognise that higher tobacco prices will save lives and reduce the high economic and social burden of tobacco addiction. They should strongly resist tobacco industry pressure," said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. 

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