The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tax tobacco to help fight NCDs, FCA tells WHO SEARO

 

Tobacco taxation offers a ‘win-win’ policy option for governments, where raising tobacco taxes will both generate extra revenue and reduce consumption. That was the message FCA delivered to the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia on 9 Sept.

"We welcome the commitment outlined in the Ministerial Declaration to advocate 'for innovative and sustainable financing for NCD management, including dedicated taxation of health damaging commodities such as tobacco … as an additional measure that can both reduce exposure to NCD risk factors as well as mobilize more resources for NCD prevention'," said FCA's statement.

 

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